Port Adelaide’s Paddy Ryder says he intends to continue the fight against racially motivated social media hatred.
The Power ruckman was the subject of racism in the form of social media posts after his side defeated the West Coast Eagles on Friday night.
An image of Ryder celebrating the Power’s win was posted on Fox Footy’s social media platforms only to attract two separate comments of a racist nature.
It is yet another incident in which an indigenous AFL player has been subjected to such treatment and Ryder wants it eradicated as quickly as possible.
“It’s pretty hurtful. It’s really disappointing that another Aboriginal man is standing up here with this happening to us again,” Ryder told reporters.
“It’s an attack on our culture and on our people but we’re going to keep fighting the fight.
“We’ve got a lot of good people supporting us and the AFL is fully supportive.
“We know it’s not something that we’re going to eradicate overnight so we’ve just got to keep on it and keep educating people and hopefully one day we’ll get there.”
One of the commenters is an Adelaide Crows member who has had his membership suspended indefinitely by the club.
Ryder added: “It’s all good for us Aboriginal people to stand up in front of you and tell you what’s right and wrong but we need you to stand up for us, call it out, educate people on what’s right and wrong and the quicker we can do that, the better it will be for all of us.
“We don’t want this behaviour going forward so there has to be a consequence.
“Unfortunately for him he gets his membership taken away.”
In better news for the Power, they find themselves sitting fifth on the AFL ladder with three wins and two losses ahead of their Round 6 clash with North Melbourne at Adelaide Oval next Friday night.