Sport Walker investigated over racial slur allegation

14:46  04 august  2021
14:46  04 august  2021 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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Adelaide Crows star Taylor Walker is reportedly under an AFL investigation after an allegation that he directed a racial slur at an opponent during a SANFL contest.

The Age is reporting the former Crows skipper allegedly made a comment to a Crows player about ex-St Kilda and current North Adelaide player Robbie Young during a quarter-time huddle in the July 17 SANFL clash between Adelaide and North Adelaide.

"It is alleged players and an official heard the comment and referred the matter to the Crows, who then passed it on to the AFL," the report says.

North Adelaide players are understood to be aware of the situation, although the club remains unclear about what was said in the Crows' huddle, with Young himself telling The Age that he had not heard any comment.

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The report adds that it is unclear whether Walker made the remark, with the AFL "attempting to establish the facts as a result of the allegation" with its ongoing investigation.

The AFL Integrity Unit is investigating whether Taylor Walker was the one to have made the alleged remark © Getty The AFL Integrity Unit is investigating whether Taylor Walker was the one to have made the alleged remark

At least one member of North Adelaide's football department has been contacted by league investigators.

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An AFL spokesman told The Age that the league strongly condemns any form of racial vilification in the sport, referencing the Peek Rule, which was introduced in 1995 after Indigenous Essendon great Michael Long was vilified during a match.

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"If there is a complaint under the Peek Rule relating to racial vilification strict confidentiality applies throughout that process until a confidential process is completed," the spokesman said.

Walker has enjoyed a resurgent season for the Crows, kicking 48 goals in 17 games so far in 2021, his highest number in a year since 2017.

After having his AFL future in doubt coming into the year, Walker was rewarded with a one-year contract extension in July, which will see him play on into a 15th season.

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AFL boss flags extra steps for race issues .
AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan says extra steps could be added to the league's racial vilification process as the fallout from Taylor Walker's insult continues.Chief executive Gillon McLachlan flagged the changes as the fallout continues from Taylor Walker's racist comment and his punishment.

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