Hawthorn coach Sam Mitchell expressed his sympathy for Cyril Rioli, and all involved in the racism ordeal that has engulfed the club, following his premiership teammate’s decision to issue a damning public statement on the matter on Friday.
Speaking after the Hawks’ 55-point loss to Port Adelaide on Saturday, Mitchell was asked for his personal reaction to the news that Rioli’s family was one of the four at the centre of the alleged racist incidents that sparked the eight-month long AFL investigation that ended without making any findings last week.
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“The whole ordeal, for everyone involved, you just have to feel for everyone involved with the way that it’s played out,” Mitchell said.