Gold Coast and Richmond have condemned a racist remark directed at former Tiger and now Suns tall Mabior Chol, with Gold Coast to work with the AFL to find the culprit.
The ruck-forward posted a direct message he received on Instagram, which contained racist and expletive-laden abuse.
Chol, who moved to the Suns from Richmond last week as a free agent after six seasons at Punt Road, was born in the present-day South Sudan and spent part of his childhood in Egypt.
Ex-Richmond tall Mabior Chol, pictured here going head to head with Collingwood star Brodie Grundy, will boost Gold Coast’s ruck department.Credit:AFL Photos
“The Gold Coast Suns wholeheartedly condemn racist comments made towards one of its players via social media last night,” the club wrote.
“It’s simply not good enough, there is no place for racism in sport or society, it has to stop.
“As a club and community, we must live up to our mantra of Challenge Accepted and call out racist behaviour, when we witness it.
“We encourage people to better educate themselves and those around them, on the impact racist behaviour has on the victims and their family.
“We need everyone to accept the challenge and stamp out racism.
“Racism. It Stops With Me. #challengeaccepted
“The club will now work with the AFL to try and identify if the comments were made by an AFL member or member of an AFL club.”
The Tigers then posted their support on Twitter.
“We support Mabior Chol in calling out this disgusting behaviour and stand with him and @GoldCoastSUNS in condemning racism and discrimination. It stops with us,” said Richmond.
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