<p></p><blockquote class="ipsBlockquote"> Port Adelaide to investigate fan‘s alleged racial taunt during Sunday‘s elimination final win over Richmond at Adelaide Oval
- by: Scott Walsh
- From: The Advertiser
- September 10, 2014 11:19Am
Richmond defender Bachar Houli in the AFL‘s first devout Muslim. Picture: Simon Cross. Source: News Corp Australia
PORT Adelaide Football Club will investigate claims an Adelaide Oval spectator racially abused Richmond player Bachar Houli during Sunday‘s elimination final victory over the Tigers.
Reports linked Houli â€” the AFL‘s first devout Muslim â€” as the victim of a taunt that labelled him a â€œterroristâ€.
A woman told Channel 7 that fans on the hill yelled to Houli: â€œGo back home you terrorist ... back to ISIS.â€
It was not confirmed on Tuesday night whether the taunt came from a Port Adelaide supporter or member.
â€œThe Port Adelaide Football Club is aware of a spectator complaint from Sunday‘s first elimination final at the Adelaide Oval alleging Richmond player Bachar Houli was racially vilified by a fellow spectator,â€ the Power said in a statement.
â€œThe club is still seeking more details but understands the police were informed about the matter at the time.â€
The taunt was reported by another fan to an anti-social behaviour hotline, promoted at every AFL venue.
The abuse claim is an unwanted distraction for the Power, which charged into a cut-throat semi-final against Fremantle at Patersons Stadium in Perth on Saturday night with a 57-point thrashing of the Tigers on Sunday.