Natimuk United lodges official complaint about alleged racism

COMPLAINT LODGED: Western Vic Football general manager Stephen McQueen has confirmed Natimuk United has lodged a formal complaint about racist comments allegedly made by a Laharum player on Saturday.

COMPLAINT LODGED: Western Vic Football general manager Stephen McQueen has confirmed Natimuk United has lodged a formal complaint about racist comments allegedly made by a Laharum player on Saturday.

NATIMUK United has made an official complaint regarding alleged racist comments during its match against Laharum on Saturday.

A Laharum player is alleged to have made racist remarks to two Natimuk United players.

Western Vic Football general manager Stephen McQueen said the complaint had been received, but under AFL policy guidelines he could not comment on any details surrounding the case.

Under the AFL Victoria vilification and discrimination policy, league complaints officers will collect statements and other relevant evidence from witnesses and appoint a conciliator.

If the complaint is not resolved through conciliation, it will be referred to an investigation officer.

Wimmera residents voiced their opinions on the Mail-Times Facebook page after it was reported on Monday that Natimuk United was preparing to submit a complaint.

Brett Harrison praised Rams coach Tim Friend for calling on the league to take a strong stance on racism.

Lissy Johns said racism was not acceptable anywhere, while Lisa Smith said it was good to see cultural change in country football.

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