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AFL star Jamarra Ugle-Hagan responds to racist abuse with iconic gesture

  • By Tiffanie Turnbull
  • BBC News, Sydney

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Jamarra Ugle-Hagan made the gesture after enduring what he called “a pretty hard time”

An Aboriginal Australian Football League (AFL) player has performed a powerful protest against racism, recreating an iconic sporting moment after abuse from spectators.

After kicking a goal on Thursday night, Jamarra Ugle-Hagan lifted his shirt and pointed to his skin.

It is a gesture made famous by AFL legend Nicky Winmar under similar circumstances 30 years ago.

The abuse of Ugle-Hagan, 20, comes amid a string of racism scandals in the AFL.

On Sunday, Australian Rules football’s top league said it was investigating allegations that “harmful and abhorrent racist remarks” were directed at the Western Bulldogs star by a rival St Kilda fan last weekend.

Both clubs condemned the alleged comments and vowed to work with…

Read more at www.bbc.com

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