A Ballarat Football Netball League under-19 footballer has been suspended for having racially vilified an opposition player.
He will serve a four-match ban.
BFNL operations manager Shane Anwyl said giving an immediate apology and showing "genuine" remorse had been factors in the player not incurring a heftier suspension.
He said the player had apologised to the opposition playing group immediately after the game.
Anwyl said the BFNL had chosen not to release the offender's name or further details of the incident given it was an under-age competition and a desire to protect the identity of the player who had been vilified.
He gave credit to way the clubs involved had handled the situation.
He said they had ensured all the correct steps were taken in response to the incident, allowing it to be addressed and dealt with quickly, without the need to go through an investigation process.
Anwyl said everything considered, it was a satisfactory outcome.
Anwyl said it was important to draw the case to the attention of all BFNL clubs - reminding them, players and spectators that racial abuse or vilification had no place in the game at any level, on and off the field.
"The AFL has worked hard to ensure all players from all cultures are welcome in our game and the BFNL will do whatever is required to ensure that players, umpires and officials are free from any sort of on or off-field racial or religious vilification, or unacceptable abuse or criticism.
"It should also be noted that we have asked our clubs to remove any spectators who are guilty of making such comments from any of our games" he said.
"As a society we are not willing to accept this sort of behavior, whether it is at the football, or in the general public and the BFNL is committed to stamping out such behavior."
The BFNL bylaws state: "Any registered BFNL player who is guilty of racial or religious vilification of a BFNL player, official or spectator, or abuse based on sexual orientation, will incur a minimum of a four-week suspension. This suspension may be increased at the discretion of the BFNL board and/or tribunal if they see fit."