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Melbourne Demons v Carlton Blues, Kysaiah Pickett, racial abuse, Eddie Betts, West Coast Eagles, match winner, finals

Young Melbourne forward Kaisaya Pickett has been the target of racial abuse once again, kicking the game-winner to break the hearts of Carlton players and fans.

Pickett pulled the Demons from the jaws of defeat and kicked a goal with just 11 seconds left to give Melbourne a five-point win.

The loss was made all the more poignant by the fact that the Blues were just 11 seconds away from officially making the finals for the first time in nine years.

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Instead, they now go into the “elimination final” with their season on the line against Collingwood in the final round.

Pickett’s brilliance made headlines across the country, but sadly his efforts were destroyed on social media when the young demon faced racial abuse.

On Sunday morning, the Devils released a statement saying they “strongly condemn” the abuse of their young star.

“Last night a Melbourne player was once again subjected to social media racism. This kind of behavior is disgusting and must stop, said the demons.

“This behavior is sad, outrageous and unacceptable.

It is important that we as a football community call out this behavior and hold these individuals accountable. It’s okay to be silent.

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The club has confirmed that it will investigate who is behind the racist comments.

“The club will work with the AFL integrity department to see if the account responsible for the comments can be identified,” the club said.

Pickett’s teammates took to social media to share and retweet Melbourne’s statement on Sunday to show their support for the youngster.

Pickett spoke about the winning goal after the game, and remained humble amid the praise.

“I don’t know, I got it and I kicked it,” he told ABC Sports.

“I just kicked it and hoped for the best.”

Kisiah Pickett celebrates the win. Picture: Mark StewartSource: News Corp Australia

This isn’t the first time Pickett has made offensive racial slurs online.

Just last year, the 21-year-old was on target after his team’s nine-point win over Perth’s West Coast.

At the time, AFL great Eddie Betts defended Pickett and said he was “tired” of the constant abuse from players.

“He was racially abused last week and the week before that… it’s still happening,” he said at the time.

“I’m sick, I’m sick of fighting. It’s flowing.”

Earlier this week, Brisbane’s Callam Ah Chee called out Carlton’s Patrick Cripps for racial abuse after he was investigated in an appeal for a groping incident when the lion was mauled.

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