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AFL racism storm: Collingwood slam post that one player calls a ‘chimpanzee’ and another ‘American spastician’

AFL racism storm: Collingwood punches social media jackpot footy fan, calling one player a ‘chimpanzee’ and the other an ‘American spastic’

  • The Collingwood Magpies have condemned a Tweet about two of their AFL stars
  • CEO Mark Anderson confirmed that the author was not a Collingwood member
  • The club said the post featured racist comments and abuse against two players

Collingwood has spoken out against a footy fan who posted racist comments online, calling one player a “chimpanzee” and another an “American spastician.”

The AFL club said that 32-year-old Travis Varcoe’s post racial insult contained the veteran player and abuse directed against 2015 American concept pick Mason Cox.

Both players were attacked in Friday night’s AFL game in between, in which Collingwood lost to Essendon by 15 points.

The Magpies said the author of the post is not a Collingwood member, and CEO Mark Anderson said authorities could be warned about this.

Collingwood said the offensive Tweet directly abused the club's U.S. imports of Mason Cox (pictured with friend)

Collingwood said the offensive Tweet directly abused the club’s U.S. imports of Mason Cox (pictured with friend)

Verteran forward for Collingwood Travis Varcoe was the target with a racist comment in the Tweet

Verteran forward for Collingwood Travis Varcoe was the target with a racist comment in the Tweet

Verteran forward for Collingwood Travis Varcoe was the target with a racist comment in the Tweet

“The ignorance and prejudice in the comments are just awful,” said Anderson.

“Today, the football community is happy to accept that we have a duty to end abuse of our people. I do not understand how such comments are still made.

“We stand behind Travis and Mason and against rejection of this or any other variety and will make every effort to hold these individuals to account.”

Mason Cox, 29, said to respond to the post on Twitter on Saturday.

“I like to take criticism. Not the first, won’t be the last, but saying this about a brother is a shame. Look around you. There is no excuse. Listen, learn and be better. Teach yourself because this is not okay. ‘

The offensive Tweet posted during Collingwood's 15-point loss to Essendon in Friday's AFL game

The offensive Tweet posted during Collingwood's 15-point loss to Essendon in Friday's AFL game

The offensive Tweet posted during Collingwood’s 15-point loss to Essendon in Friday’s AFL game

Collingwood's AFL club issued a statement on Saturday saying the author of the attacking post was not a member of the club

Collingwood's AFL club issued a statement on Saturday saying the author of the attacking post was not a member of the club

Collingwood’s AFL club issued a statement on Saturday saying the author of the attacking post was not a member of the club

Other commentators agreed that there was no excuse for the comments.

“Keep calling out this,” said one person.

“I can’t believe this is still happening. Sport brings out the best in many people and unfortunately in some people the worst, ‘said another.

“Well done Collingwood, from an Essendon supporter,” added a third.

The Magpies have contacted everyone who is involved in the online conversation and who has more information about the club.

Travis Varco (center photo) previously played for Geelong for eight years before moving to Collingwood in 2015

Travis Varco (center photo) previously played for Geelong for eight years before moving to Collingwood in 2015

Travis Varco (center photo) previously played for Geelong for eight years before moving to Collingwood in 2015

One person said they couldn't believe people were still making racist comments in 2020

One person said they couldn't believe people were still making racist comments in 2020

One person said they couldn’t believe people were still making racist comments in 2020

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