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Gay jibe costs footy player$3k

St Kilda AFL player Steven Milne has been fined $3,000 for a gay taunt at another player.

During a game last Saturday night, Milne (pictured) reportedly called Collingwood’s Harry O’Brien a “fuckin’ homo” during a heated exchange.

“It has been confirmed that Milne made an inappropriate homophobic comment towards O’Brien during the course of play in last weekend’s round 19 match at the MCG which has breached the AFL Players’ Code of Conduct and the AFL’s Policy on Discrimination and Vilification,” the Saints said in a statement.

“As a consequence of this breach, Milne will be sanctioned $3,000 by the St Kilda FC and be required to undertake an AFL Education Program to address the inappropriate nature of his comments.”

AFL football operations manager Adrian Anderson confirmed to The Age: “It is simply not acceptable ā€“ even in the heat of battle ā€“ for AFL players to use homophobic insults on the football field.”

Milne has also apologised for the incident.

Opinions differ on whether the $3k punishment dished out was appropriate. See Fox Sports presenters chat about it below – and cast your vote in Same Same’s poll on the issue here.

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DougBear

DougBear said on the 9th Aug, 2012

1) Feeble response by the AFL 2) Which gay org will be 're-educating' Milne, or will it be an in-house AFL DVD? 3) When are they going to crack down on homophobic insults hurled by barrackers?

Zepol23

Zepol23 said on the 10th Aug, 2012

who really cares? i call people that all the time pft

adamlove

adamlove said on the 10th Aug, 2012

I'm sure if he had said "fuckin (racial slur)" there would have been an uproar.

MrAsh

MrAsh said on the 10th Aug, 2012

The sooner AFL players come out the better.

It will be a huge step for acceptance and true equality of gay men in Australian society.

JayTee

JayTee said on the 10th Aug, 2012

$3,000.00 is a substantial fine for an individual player to pay (not a club).

considering the player he called a "fucking homo" isn't actually gay, i'm acutally quite surprised the AFL took such an action. Good on them for trying to instill some standards into their players. Eventually the supporters will get the message.

Dsquare

Dsquare said on the 10th Aug, 2012

"...the heat of the battle"? Please, they're chasing a ball around in the mud. Battle. Pffft.

coast_boy_21

coast_boy_21 said on the 10th Aug, 2012

Well it's about time they started clamping down on homophobia, too bad it's about twenty years too late. And that $3000 fine is peanuts to a rich AFL player.

biglebstud

biglebstud said on the 10th Aug, 2012

I'm with zepol23, who cares? Only the PC police! And how many threads on this topic do we need, also . . . one isn't enough?

Tigerland

Tigerland said on the 11th Aug, 2012

The sooner AFL players come out the better.

It will be a huge step for acceptance and true equality of gay men in Australian society.

Where have you been hiding Ash? Haven't seen you on here for ages!

BalOO

BalOO said on the 11th Aug, 2012

well.... boys being boys..... F**k you.... grow up, and stop justifying pathetic behaviour..... why is being gay an appropriate insult... if you said... you a black C**t, or a islamic **** or any other insult... would the panel be trying to explain it away???? I think not!!!!

Mr Gumby

Mr Gumby said on the 11th Aug, 2012

What if Harry really is gay?

local_warming

local_warming said on the 11th Aug, 2012



Yeah thats what i was wondering. Is there a behind-closed-doors whisper about him around the AFL, and milne has vocalised that wisper?

JayTee

JayTee said on the 12th Aug, 2012



Precisely what slurs like this are meant to do.

in all likelihood the offending player is just used the default slur against the opposition because he wasn't smart enough to think of something else.

biglebstud

biglebstud said on the 15th Aug, 2012



And when was the last time you played footy m8. Bet ya more of a "armchair player"? If ya saw how many of these guys injure themselves-everything from torn cartiledges to dislocated shoulders, ya might change ya mind. But then, maybe ya too delicate for that.