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Australian pro-footballer says homophobes should be banned from the sport for life

Australian Football League midfielder Brock McLean has called for fans who yell homophobic taunts to receive life bans and players to receive fines after going public with his support for his lesbian sister in an effort to combat homophobia inside the sport.\n

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28th January 2013 02:31

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Oceania

Carlton Australian Football League club (AFL) midfield player Brock McLean has gone public with his support for his lesbian sister Ellie in an effort to combat homophobia in the sport and has called for fans who yell homophobic taunts to be banned from the sport.

‘The AFL needs to adopt a total zero-tolerance policy from grassroots footy right up to the elite level,’ Brock told Melbourne’s The Age newspaper this week.

‘If there’s anyone yelling homophobic taunts, those people should be banned from footy for life. You hear, “you weak poof, you faggot” from supporters who use it as a term for someone who might go in soft or might not be as hard at the ball, which is just mind-blowing because it’s totally irrelevant and totally far from the truth.’

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