BFL: racial vilification investigation concludes

BALLARAT Football League has finished its mediation sessions between Darley Football Club and Aboriginal elder Ted Lovett following a racial vilification incident last month.

Lovett was racially abused by a Devils supporter at Darley Park during the match between Darley and North Ballarat City on May 31.

The incident, in which Lovett said he was deeply offended, prompted the league to hold a number of mediation sessions between the two parties.

In a statement, the league says it will not release the outcome of the mediation process, due to confidentiality clauses within AFL Victoria’s Vilification Policy.

Any sanctions imposed on the club and player will remain confidential.

Read the Ballarat Football League statement in full below:

"The Ballarat FNL can confirm that the League has concluded its investigation and implemented outcomes following an incident that occurred in the crowd at a BFNL Senior Football match last month.

Please note that whilst the League completely understands the level of public interest in this particular incident and the need for a resolution to the matter to be communicated to the general public, the BFNL cannot release specific details of the sanction imposed on the club and supporter of the club involved due to confidentiality clauses within AFL Victoria’s Vilification Policy that the League has adopted.

What the League can confirm however is that both clubs involved in the incident have cooperated with one another and the League in order to reach an outcome that has satisfied all parties. The Ballarat FNL is pleased to confirm that both clubs and the League have accepted the outcomes from the investigation into the incident, the mediation session that followed and the implementation of AFL Victoria’s Vilification Policy and League By-Laws.

The League is confident that the person directly involved in the incident has leant a valuable lesson and is unlikely to reoffend. The remorse shown and commitment to fulfil all aspects of the penalty imposed suggests that the club and individual involved understands the impact of such actions and reinforce that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated at Ballarat FNL games.

The Ballarat FNL is committed to work with all clubs in providing an environment that protects players, officials and spectators from vilification. The Ballarat FNL is serious about creating an environment that welcomes people from all backgrounds into Ballarat Football Netball League clubs.

Due to the confidentiality clauses surrounding the details of the incident, the Ballarat FNL will not be making any further comment on this case and will not go into the particulars of the sanction handed down to the club and individual involved."

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