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Lance Franklin sees positive steps on racism heading into indigenous round

Racial victim: Adam Goodes has twice been the focus of vilification.

Racial victim: Adam Goodes has twice been the focus of vilification. Photo: Getty Images

Lance Franklin says it is "pretty devastating" for teammate Adam Goodes to be racially abused on an AFL ground for the second time in a year, but he is looking forward to the game's indigenous round, where the Sydney Swans will wear a guernsey designed by Goodes' mother.

Essendon cancelled the membership of a supporter who racially vilified Goodes during the teams' contest in Melbourne 10 days ago.

The incident came just over a year after the two-time Brownlow medallist was abused by a young Collingwood fan at the MCG and the resulting furore over comments subsequently made on radio by Magpies president Eddie McGuire.

The Swans, who haven't played since the win over the Bombers after a bye at the weekend, on Thursday night will don a jumper designed by Goodes' mother Lisa Sansbury for their indigenous round clash with Geelong at the SCG.

Franklin praised the reporting of racism from beyond the boundary line by other crowd members as a positive step for the game and said spectators had an important role to play in ensuring vigilance against such incidents in the future.

"It's obviously very sad what's happened with Goodesy over the past couple of years," Franklin said on Sunday. "It's pretty devastating for family and friends and all the boys to see that still happening. But I think what the AFL and all the AFL clubs are doing are recognising what we can do and helping the community out ... people that are being racist to any race, just stamping it on the head.

"I think the AFL with the reporting [to the anti-social behaviour hotline], texting the number and telling them who is being racist, is just a really good step forward for the AFL and all the players."

Franklin said he was keen to wear the specially designed guernsey against the Cats. "Just to recognise what us indigenous players bring to the game is really exciting and to put on the Sydney Swans jumper with Goodesy's mother creating the design I'm certainly looking forward to getting out here on Thursday night," he said. 

Coming off their bye Sydney (6-3) has won five straight, with its much talked about forward line playing the past two games. The developing combination with Kurt Tippett playing as the deep forward is already reaping dividends for Sydney. Franklin and Tippett have kicked 14 goals between them in the two games they have played together.

 "It's really good having another forward up there in 'Tippo'," Franklin said. "I probably struggled at the early stages of the season, because it was just me and 'Reidy' [Sam Reid] up there. But with Goodesy and Tippo in the side, it takes the pressure off us other forwards and we've got another tall target in the forward line to go to.

"I've probably only trained three or four times with Tippo over the six months I've been here at this stage. It's really good for the team that so far we've only played a couple of games and we're sort of gelling at the moment. But there's still a long way to go in terms of getting our form up to scratch where we want it and I'm looking forward to the second half of the season."

Franklin enjoyed no shortage of big matches against Geelong as a Hawthorn player and is eagerly anticipating taking the Cats on for the first time for the Swans. "Geelong have been the best side for the last 10 years and they are a quality outfit and we're going to have to be at our best to knock them off," Franklin said.

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2 comments so far

  • The more people "call it out" (racism), the more likely it is the broader community will change in their understanding and awareness.
    As for the Swans, I am looking forward to their 'Fab Four' really getting into stride - and hitting the high notes. Heh, heh - oh what it is to be a Beatles fan and a Swans follower.

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    Howe Synnott
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    May 26, 2014, 7:02AM
    • Looks quite snazzy, she did a good job designing that Jumper...I like it.

      Commenter
      Mikes
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      SYDNEY
      Date and time
      May 26, 2014, 10:31AM

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