Eddie Betts of the Crows.
Eddie Betts of the Crows. DAVID MARIUZ

Power investigating racism claims in Showdown

AFL: Port Adelaide is investigating racism cases against two players in the wake of the Showdown against Adelaide, including a woman who admitted to calling indigenous player Eddie Betts an "ape".

Port is also investigating claims their indigenous ruckman Paddy Ryder was racially abused by a Crows supporter during Saturday night's match between the South Australian clubs.

A 31-year-old woman says she's received death threats after labelling Betts an "ape" on a social media post and writing he "should go back to the zoo where him and his family belong".

The woman, Port supporter Maxine Spratt, made the comments on Facebook after Saturday's night match.

Port is unlikely to be able to take any action against Spratt as she's not a member of the club, though Facebook has deactivated her account.

Spratt said she didn't believe calling someone an ape was racist "because I'm part Aboriginal myself", adding she was now fearing for her safety.

"There's been a few people that want to smash my face in and beat me and my partner up," she told the Seven Network.

Port said it was aware of the latest racism controversy involving the club - it banned a female member last year for throwing a banana at Betts during a game against the Crows.

"The club takes the allegations very seriously and is investigating the claims with Adelaide Oval Stadium Management," Port said in a statement.

"Port Adelaide is also investigating claims that its own player Paddy Ryder was subject to racial taunts from an Adelaide Crows spectator."

Adelaide Crows chief executive Andrew Fagan said his club "strongly condemns any such behaviour and finds it abhorrent and disgusting".

"In listening to our playing group and our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players in particular, it is clear how damaging and impactful racism is to them and their families," he said in a statement.

"Our entire playing group and our club stand together on this, unequivocally."

News Corp Australia


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