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UPDATE: Ryder responds to racist social media post

Port Adelaide ruckman Paddy Ryder after Friday night's win against West Coast - AFL,Port Adelaide Power,Paddy Ryder,Adelaide Crows,Gold Coast Suns
Port Adelaide ruckman Paddy Ryder after Friday night's win against West Coast

PORT ADELAIDE ruckman Paddy Ryder has responded to an Adelaide member's racist social media post, describing it as "an attack on our culture and on our people".

Adelaide suspended the member for the post, while a Gold Coast fan was also investigated.

The posts were the latest in a spate over the past few months directed towards indigenous AFL players.

Last month saw Richmond suspend a club member for two years following racist taunts of West Coast's Liam Ryan on social media, while Adelaide's Eddie Betts was the subject of another racially motivated attack in February. 

The latest incident surfaced after Ryder had 13 disposals, 19 hitouts and a goal to help the Power to an impressive upset victory over the Eagles at Optus Stadium on Friday night.

Ryder said he was going to "keep fighting the fight" against racism.

"It's pretty hurtful, it's really disappointing that another Aboriginal man is standing up here with this happening to us again," Ryder said.

"It's an attack on our culture and on our people.

"We're going to keep fighting the fight, we have got a lot of good people supporting us and the AFL is fully supportive.

"We know it's not something we're going to eradicate overnight, so we've just got to keep on it and keep educating people and hopefully one day we'll get there."

The Crows acted swiftly to ban the member, who has since apologised to Ryder via social media, saying "I will be leaving Facebook and keeping my drunken stupid opinions to myself".

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"The Adelaide Football Club has been made aware a three-game member racially vilified Port Adelaide’s Paddy Ryder via social media on Friday night," the Crows said in a statement on Saturday afternoon.

"This person's membership has been suspended indefinitely and all of their membership rights have been revoked. The club considers racial vilification to be abhorrent and disgusting, and racism has no place in our society.

"Our organisation has zero tolerance to this type of behaviour and will continue to work with industry stakeholders and community leaders to raise awareness and offer appropriate education."

The Suns supporter is not a member of the club.

"Racial vilification has no place in our game, and no place in our society. When comments like these are made they not only offend the player concerned, but also people within our club," the Suns said in a statement.