SWFL Media Statement

The South West Football League was notified of an alleged racial vilification incident during the League match between South Bunbury and Carey Park on Saturday,14 May 2022.

The South West Football League immediately contacted and consulted with both clubs to initiate mediation however no player could be identified as the alleged perpetrator.

As per the SWFL by laws the matter was immediately referred to tribunal.

Following due tribunal process that included taking evidence from players, umpires, and club officials the identity of the South Bunbury player could not be established.

Whilst the tribunal was unable to identify an individual its findings established that racial vilification did occur.

The South Bunbury Football Club were found guilty and fined and were further instructed to have their playing group repeat the racial vilification seminar.

The SWFL strongly condemns any form racial vilification and remains committed in delivering annual education and in working with all clubs and participants in addressing Racism.