An AFL club has provided harrowing examples of targeted racial abuse at its players, calling for more stringent punishments for offenders.
The Brisbane Lions have revealed the horrific online racial abuse their players received, as the Queensland-based club pushes for harsher punishments for the guilty parties.
In an official document submitted by the club for a Queensland parliamentary inquiry into serious vilification and hate crimes, the Lions stated their players “are consistently exposed to vilification and hate speech,” with social media proving to be a common arena for these sad encounters.
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In the document, the Lions provide five different examples of the abuse, even going as back as July 2019 to detail the “shocking and saddening” messages in…