THE AFL has issued a response to a racist social media attack on West Coast forward Liam Ryan and his family.
The latest attack was a comment targeted at one of Ryan's children, who appeared with him in a live Instagram video on his account.
"The AFL is disgusted by the continued abuse of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in our game. Our society expects better and our players deserve better. This needs to end," the AFL statement read.
"The AFL is and will continue to work with social media platforms to protect our players and to stamp out all forms of vilification."
The AFL is and will continue to work with social media platforms to protect our players and to stamp out all forms of vilification.— AFL House (@AFL_House) November 15, 2019
The AFL's general manager of inclusion and social policy, Tanya Hosch, also tweeted her support.
"I send my apologies to Liam Ryan, the West Coast Eagles and the AFL community for the racist abuse Liam and his family has been subjected to today," Hosch said.
"Racism is no joke and is never acceptable. This is a vulgar act. #whenwillitend #IstandwithLiam #racismitstopswithme"
I send my apologies to Liam Ryan, the @WestCoastEagles & the @AFL community for the racist abuse Liam & his family has been subjected to today. Racism is no joke and is never acceptable. This is a vulgar act. #whenwillitend #istandwithLiam #racismitstopswithme— tanya hosch (@tanyahosch) November 15, 2019
West Coast also threw its support behind its livewire forward, who has suffered racist abuse on social media in the past.
"The West Coast Eagles are sickened by yet another abhorrent racist social media attack on Liam Ryan and his family," said a post on the Eagles' Twitter account.
"It is unfathomable that someone believes it is acceptable to post such a disgusting message. The club has reported the post and will do everything to ensure this person is held to account. #whenwillitend"
A wide array of AFL clubs retweeted West Coast's post, attaching the hashtag of "when will it end" and hearts in the colours of the Aboriginal flag to their tweets.