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Sport AFL star Paddy Ryder target of racist post

09:15  13 june  2021
09:15  13 june  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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The AFL has been hit by another incident of racial vilification on social media after Port Adelaide ruckman Paddy Ryder was targeted after the club's victory over West Coast on Friday night. Just days after Adelaide champion Eddie Betts - who is preparing to celebrate his 300th match - revealed that he urged players attending the AFLPA Indigenous summit in February to stick together to confront racist trolls, the Power spoke out against abuse directed at their veteran ruckman. It has emerged that the AFL fan who targeted Ryder with photos of bananas was a three-game member at cross-town rivals

Port Adelaide star Paddy Ryder has vowed to continue the fight against racism after he was vilified on social media following the Power’s stunning win over West Coast. An Adelaide member has been suspended indefinitely after he was found to have posted a vile comment on a Fox Footy Facebook thread However, in a disgusting attack on Power’s Indigenous star , one user commented on the post with three banana images, while another posted a shot of a banana stand. Ryder , who has received a wave of support from the AFL , the AFL Players’ Association and fellow players, spoke to reporters at

AFL stars have quickly joined Paddy Ryder in condemning a racist social media post directed at the ruckman after St Kilda's loss to Adelaide.

a person in a blue shirt: Paddy Ryder has become the latest AFL star to be targeted by racist comments on social media. © Dave Hunt/AAP PHOTOS Paddy Ryder has become the latest AFL star to be targeted by racist comments on social media.

The Saints coughed up a six-goal lead to the Crows on Saturday night in a defeat that effectively ended their slim finals hopes.

Ryder's quick kick in an attempt to clear the ball from a stoppage in the final stages unluckily bounced off a teammate and fell into the arms of Adelaide youngster Riley Thilthorpe, who kicked the winning goal.

After the match, a Twitter user who claimed to be a Gold Coast Suns fan posted: "now there's something for Blacky Ryder to be depressed about".

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The Twitter user added the official AFL match hashtag - #AFLSaintsCrows - in the tweet from an account which has since been deleted.

Ryder, an Indigenous man from Geraldton in Western Australia, took time away from football earlier this year to deal with personal issues.

He returned in round seven and has played each of St Kilda's past seven matches.

The 33-year-old took to Twitter on Sunday to call out the racist post.

"Don't be racist and don't joke about depression please," Ryder posted.

He also told the offender to "grow up".

Geelong star and AFL Players' Association president Patrick Dangerfield posted a screenshot of the tweet on Instagram with the caption: "You racist f#cking pig."

Hawthorn's Indigenous veteran Shaun Burgoyne is among a growing list of AFL stars who have brought light to the racist post.

It is the latest in a long list of racist attacks on AFL stars by social media users.

Carlton's Eddie Betts, West Coast's Liam Ryan and Melbourne's Neville Jetta have all been targeted in recent years.

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