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 – even in the heat of battle – for AFL players to use homophobic insults on the football field.”
Milne has also apologised for the incident.
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