The AFL community has rallied around Richmond’s Maurice Rioli Jnr and Marlion Pickett after the pair were targeted in shocking racial abuse on social media.
The trolling comes after the Tigers’ impressive 66-point win over Essendon on Saturday night.
The misconduct, which points to Pickett’s past, has been referred to AFL Integrity by Richmond for investigation.
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The club said in a statement: “Two Richmond players have been subjected to horrific racist abuse online.”
“The club condemns his behavior in the strongest possible terms.
“Sad individuals who choose such behavior should be called out.
The club has referred the matter to AFL Integrity, who are now seeking to identify the individual.
After the attack, a number of players came out in support of the Tigers duo, including AFL great Eddie Betts and Eagle Liam Ryan – himself fighting racist attacks aimed at his young children.
“This has to stop,” Betts posted.
“I will continue to stand strong with all my brothers and sisters.”
“This is f****g disgusting. It needs to stop. Come back my brothers,” Ryan said.
Rioli Jr’s former club St Mary’s have shared their support for the Tigers youngster, labeling the abuse “shameful”, “unacceptable” and “wrong”.
AFL Players Association chief executive Paul Marsh also hit out at the targeted attack.
“More racist filth directed at two of our Indigenous players,” he posted.
“Everyone at the AFLPA stands with Marlion and Morris Jr.
“Why anyone would think that, let alone post about it is completely beyond me.”
Richmond are not the only players to publicly call out racial abuse during the 2022 season.
Earlier, Carlton star Adam Saad was reportedly called a “terrorist” by a member of the crowd at Adelaide Oval.
BRISBANE’s Callum Ah Chee has been the target of racial abuse after Carlton’s Patrick Cripps was ruled out for the final two games of the season despite a big loss against the Lions.
Fremantle has called a “cowardly” racial attack targeting two men, Michael Walters and Michael Frederick, in July.
Melbourne young gun Kysaiah Pickett kicked a stunning game-winning goal in their Round 22 win over Carlton.
Unfortunately, this is the second time in the past two seasons that Pickett has been targeted.
“This kind of behavior is disgusting and it has to stop,” Demons said last week.
“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.