Sport racism causes concern



RACISM creeping into local sport has caused concern following an incident at a Gladstone sporting venue last weekend.

With racial vilification being reported in national sports such as rugby league and Australian Rules, some residents have become concerned that the practice is also surfacing locally.

An incident at a Capricornia Soccer League match at Clinton will be reported to the Gladstone Soccer Federation after allegations racial comments were made.' During the incident it is alleged a United Soccer Club player watch-ing the game from the sideline was the victim of racial comments from a player of another club who was also spectating at the time.

President of United Soccer Club Brad Hitchcock said the incident resulted in the victim of the comments having to take his family home.

"It started as just a bit of sledging, but then it went too far,'' he said.

'In the end he (the victim) had to go home because he didn't want his kids to hear any more of it.'

Hitchcock said although an apology for the comments was offered it was not accepted.

'He's pretty upset and he wants to put a report in. It's not on and it won't be tolerated,' Hitchcock said.

Gladstone Rugby League president Roy Rowe yesterday told The Observer that racial comments were also seen on the local football field, but only in isolated instances.

'It's not something you want to see, there are kids at these games so it isn't on at all.'



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