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AFL player banned for five games over homophobic slur

Tyler Mitchell By Tyler Mitchell May25,2024
The top line: Gold Coast defender Wil Powell has been suspended by the AFL for five games after making a homophobic slur against a Brisbane player on Sunday.
The bigger picture: The incident comes four weeks after Port Adelaide forward Jeremy Finlayson was banned for three matches after using a homophobic slur against an Essendon player.

The key quote: “I know there is no place for comments of that nature and I will accept the repercussions for my actions. I should have known better and I need to prove this with my actions moving forward.” — Wil Powell

What else to know: North Melbourne coach Alastair Clarkson was fined $20,000 and handed a suspended two-game sanction over an allegedly homophobic comment made toward two St Kilda players earlier this year. There has never been an openly gay AFL player.
What happens now: Powell has apologised and vowed “not to use these sort of words again”. He will not be available for selection until round 15.
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2 thoughts on “AFL player banned for five games over homophobic slur”
  1. I find it disappointing to see such behavior from professional athletes. It’s crucial for players to set a positive example and show respect towards others, regardless of their differences. It’s commendable that Powell has taken responsibility for his actions and pledged to learn from this experience.

  2. Do you think the AFL’s punishments are strict enough to deter players from using homophobic slurs in the future?

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