The Australian Football League and all 18 clubs have apologised to Adam Goodes for their “failures” during the last months of his career, when the Sydney Swans star was hounded by racist abuse from opposing fans. “The treatment of Adam challenges us, and our right to be considered Australia’s indigenous football code,” the AFL said in a statement, which it said was issued on behalf of members, adminstrators, staff and players. “Adam, who represents so much that is good and unique about our game, was subject to treatment that drove him from football. The game did not do enough to stand with him, and call it out,” the statement said. “We apologise unreservedly for our failures during this period. “Failure to call out racism and not standing up for one of our own, let down all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players, past and present.” Goodes, 39, ended his 372-game career after persistent vilification from the stands, initially stemming from an incident in 2013 when he challenged a girl for calling him an “ape” during a Swans game against Collingwood. The booing intensified after Goodes performed an Aboriginal war dance in celebration of kicking a goal against Carlton in May… Read full this story
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