Junior footy sledge shock

Junior footy sledge shock

Rodney Grljusich, who himself played junior football in the district before becoming a league player with South Fremantle and Perth football clubs and is now an assistant at EFJFC, said he had never before heard such a remark made by a supporter to a player in all his years in the sport.

Mr Grljusich said the person shouted ‘try Jenny Craig’s you fat pig’ loud enough for a number of supporters, plus coaching staff from both teams, to be able to hear it.

He said more needed to be done to try to stamp out abuse of this type at a junior level.

‘The remarks will never change, the change has to come from the district conference or leagues to follow the recent example set by the AFL,’ he said.

‘If offenders aren’t removed from the ground, perhaps clubs should remove their players from the oval so individuals, particularly juniors, are not subject to it.’

Mr Grljusich said he also wanted the offender to make an in-person apology to the player and consider attending a counselling program.

WA Football Commission corporate relations general manager Graeme Dix said player reports for inappropriate comments were higher than cases of supporters shouting something derogatory.

‘The WAFC very rarely receives reports about remarks made at junior football,’ he said.

‘The management systems and the positive game day environments that exist make these types of issues very rare.

‘Creating quality game day environments is a key objective for the WAFC and there are a significant number of strategies in place to achieve this. Our records show there has been a decline in negative behaviour at games in WA.’