Monday 24 February 2014

A man was evicted from the Aurora Stadium in Launceston on Friday night after racially abusing North Melbourne footballer Majak Daw.

Fans seated around the man who vilified Mr Daw (pictured) alerted authorities immediately and the man was escorted from the stadium within minutes.

“Friday’s incident of racist abuse involving Majak Daw reminds us there is still a section of Australian society that believes racist abuse is acceptable. It is not,” said Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane.

“There is no place for racial vilification in Australian society. Whether it is on our sporting grounds, in our schoolyards, or in our workplaces, racism inflicts significant harm on its targets.

“Racism reduces another person to the status of being a second-class citizen. And it prevents individuals and communities from reaching their potential.

“It was encouraging, however, to see spectators at the ground in Launceston standing up to ugly behaviour.

“The strong stance from the Hawthorn Football Club and others is also commendable.

“One of the key messages of the Racism. It Stops with Me campaign is that everyone can do something to stop racism, wherever it happens.

“There is always some way that you can speak out. But when good citizens remain silent, the unfortunate result can be to embolden those who spread hate and division,” Dr Soutphommasane said.