Main content

Recommended videos

Highlights: Richmond v Carlton

11:17pm Mar 27, 2014

Malthouse rues costly mistakes

11:44pm Mar 27, 2014

Recommended articles

Sunday football as it happened

Sunday football as it happened

Recap Port's Showdown upset, plus big wins for the Hawks and Tigers

11:45am Apr 14, 2013

St Kilda v Richmond as it happened

St Kilda v Richmond as it happened

 Recap Friday night's MCG clash as the Tigers make their best start to a season in 16 years

04:00pm Apr 5, 2013

Carlton v Collingwood as it happened

Carlton v Collingwood as it happened

Recap Friday night's blockbuster as the Blues capitulate in front of 78,000 at the MCG

10:36pm Jul 5, 2013

Saturday football as it happened

Saturday football as it happened

Recap a day bookended by two major boilovers

01:00pm Mar 30, 2013

Fantasy review: round three

Fantasy review: round three

It was a tough round for AFL Fantasy coaches, Warnie writes

10:42pm Apr 6, 2014

Football world sends off Hafey in style

Football world sends off Hafey in style

Tom Hafey remembered as a great coach and a wonderful man

06:15pm May 19, 2014

Players to front anti-abuse ads at games

Callum Twomey  May 31, 2013 2:55 PM

Players' message for fans New scoreboard messages encourage fans to barrack in a positive way
274239-tlsnewsportrait.jpg

Matthew Pavlich is among the big names who will front an AFL campaign to cut down spectator abuse

There is no place for vitriol and any form of serious abuse, be that racist attacks or other deeply personal slights on our players and or rival fans
SOME of the AFL's biggest names will front pre-game messages displayed on scoreboards this weekend onwards in an aim to cut down spectator abuse.

Jobe Watson, Brent Harvey, Matthew Pavlich and Kieren Jack are some of the players involved in the initiative, which will see players from each club address fans at the venue telling them to support their team in the right spirit.

Messages from players at every club have been filmed and they will commence being shown at Friday night's game between the Brisbane Lions and Collingwood at the Gabba, and will continue at every game for the remainder of the season.

In the moments before the start of each match, a message from a player from both the home and away team will be played.

"It is extremely important to our players, our clubs and the AFL that all fans attending our matches are entitled to enjoy games, without being subject to poor behaviour by other supporters around them in the venue," the AFL's football operations manager Mark Evans said.

"Barracking hard for your team and good natured banter with the opposition fans has been part of our game for more than a century.

"But there is no place for vitriol and any form of serious abuse, be that racist attacks or other deeply personal slights on our players and or rival fans."

The plan was flagged earlier this year by Evans and will be implemented following the racial comments aimed at Sydney Swans champion Adam Goodes last week.

Evans said it had been a player-driven concept.

"Our players, through the annual meeting of club captains with the AFL Commission, have raised this issue as a concern for them while recent events have also highlighted the need for continued education for some fans on the standards that supporters are entitled to expect when they attend AFL matches."