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Club responds as former No.1 pick attacked with ‘abhorrent racist remarks’


Western Bulldogs Indigenous youngster Jamarra Ugle-Hagan was the subject of racial abuse at Marvel Stadium on Saturday night.

The club released a statement in relation to the incident on Sunday afternoon.

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“The Western Bulldogs strongly condemns the harmful and abhorrent racist remarks aimed at Jamarra Ugle-Hagan, during and following last night’s match against St Kilda,” the statement read.

“Racism of any kind does not belong in our game, nor in our society. We cannot tolerate it.

“Comments like these are extremely upsetting and cause significant hurt and harm for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. They are said to intentionally harm, and we continue to be confronted by them as a community.

“We’re saddened by the constant need to reinforce the negative impact this has on the individuals concerned, and all First Nations people.

“We will continue to make a stand and call out this behaviour, and use our voice to further educate our fans and the wider community.

“The club is supporting Jamarra, his family, and others within the club who have justifiably been impacted by this event.

Jamarra Ugle-Hagan was racially abused on Saturday night. Credit: Getty

“The club has contacted the AFL Integrity Department, and thanks the St Kilda Football Club for investigating the matter and working to identify the individuals concerned.”

Fans from both sides were quick to show support for the former No.1 draft pick.

“As a Saints supporter, I am embarrassed anyone wearing RWB would behave like this and apologise unreservedly to Jamarra for the hurt caused. I hope the perpetrator is caught and banned for life,” one fan wrote.

“Time to start banning people for life. It’s 2023 this shouldn’t be still happening. #istandwithjuh,” another said.

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Source: 7News