Hawks proud of swift action on racism

HAWTHORN was extremely disappointed that one of its supporters racially abused North Melbourne's Sudanese-born Majak Daw but also proud that other Hawks fans didn't stand for it, captain Luke Hodge said.

The incident happened at Aurora Stadium on Friday night and saw a man ejected from the ground.

In Launceston yesterday, Hodge said that racism had no place in the game, or society in general.

"As far as we stand as a football club, we don't want anyone a part of our football club who thinks like that, or [who] goes and says anything stupid like that at games or walking down the street or anywhere else," he said.

North Melbourne defender Scott Thompson believes the man who racially abused Daw should be banned from attending AFL games.

Speaking in Hobart yesterday, Thompson labelled the behaviour as the type that "can't be tolerated at footy games, or anywhere in Australia" and thanked members of the crowd for alerting authorities.

"He [Daw] is going well today," Thompson said.

"He's got a real strong character and he's obviously been through worse over his life so far.

"It's not acceptable and we were happy it was dealt with pretty quickly.

"Racism should be gone now. It's just not acceptable."

Sydney champion and Australian of the Year Adam Goodes, who was a victim of racial abuse himself last season, tweeted: "I have much admiration for those @HawthornFC supporters saying racism @ItStopsWithMe so courageous. Big HUGS for @majakdaw and his family." It was retweeted by Daw.

Hawthorn's Cyril Rioli also tweeted his disappointment at the incident. - with COREY MARTIN

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