Geelong star and AFLPA president Patrick Dangerfield has been talking on SEN.
“Initially you consider the folks [involved] that’s fairly clearly the precedence and the welfare of the folks to verify they’re supported,” he mentioned.
With reference to assist and help from the AFLPA.
“It’s confidential … gamers could be comfy that it doesn’t depart the room,” he mentioned.
“It’s actually disturbing to learn and I really feel for the gamers concerned.
“I spoke to Marshy [AFLPA CEO Paul Marsh] this morning … we’re going to launch an announcement later this morning.
Gerard Whately requested, “How do you reconcile this with what soccer is meant to be?”
“Terribly tough to assume somebody within the surroundings that you just’re in [as an AFL player] may undergo one thing like this,” he mentioned.
Whately requested, “Is that this the idea of soccer above all else?”
“I’d hope not Gerard,” Dangerfield mentioned.
“There’s no level speaking about your personal experiences – what issues is what occurred to folks right here and the way they have been made to really feel.”
Dangerfield mentioned there’s “a lot extra that must be completed” on the subject of Indigenous points within the recreation.
“Clearly there’s a lot extra that must be completed,” he mentioned.
“It ought to have by no means acquired to a state of affairs like this. You set a lot belief in a footy membership that they’re going to assist you to … to fulfil your dream it shouldn’t be one thing you end up with having a horrible expertise.
“There’s numerous work to be completed to unravel this.
“It’s vital for therefore many causes – however fairly clearly we haven’t completed our job as an business.
“It ought to by no means be simply soccer in any respect. Gamers are folks at the start … soccer is simply an additional a part of your life.”