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Jets lodge racial slur complaint with Football Australia

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On the eve of one of its most important games of the season, the Newcastle Jets A-League Women’s (ALW) side is entangled in a racial slur controversy.

It’s understood a member of the public directed the insulting comment at a Hunter-based player during the team’s 2-0 loss to Melbourne City at City Football Academy Field on Sunday 10 March.

The club confirmed this week that a complaint had been lodged with Football Australia (FA) as the regulator of the A-Leagues.

FA has started an independent investigation into the alleged incident.

“The Newcastle Jets are a family club, built on hard work and togetherness,” it said in a statement.

“We are an organisation that welcomes everyone no matter your faith, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender.

“Our diversity is our strength.

“Everyone has a place in our club and in football… and any fan or player jeopardising that sense of belonging is not welcome.   

“Racial abuse is something that’s not part of the game and is something the Jets will not tolerate.

“The host team for this match, Melbourne City FC, has also responded strongly to support this process.

“We are unable to make any further comment at this time while this investigation takes place.”

The costly defeat saw Newcastle slip out of the ALW top six, with coach Ryan Campbell’s outfit needing to usurp Western United at the Regional Football Facility on Sunday 17 March to regain its spot.

Unfortunately, the side is still missing Lara Gooch and Claudia Cicco on rep duties.

Meanwhile, the Jets’ A-League Men’s team faces Adelaide United at McDonald Jones Stadium on Friday 15 March.

Although their play-off campaign is virtually over, Rob Stanton’s determined to guide his chargers to a strong finish in 2023/24.

Newcastle Jets

ALM v Adelaide United, McDonald Jones Stadium, Friday 15 March, 7.45pm

  • Newcastle Jets: 1. Ryan SCOTT, 3. Jason HOFFMAN, 5. Lucas MAURAGIS, 6. Brandon O’NEILL, 7. Trent BUHAGIAR, 8. Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOS, 10. Reno PISCOPO, 13. Clayton TAYLOR, 14. Dane INGHAM, 17. Kosta GROZOS, 18. Daniel STYNES, 19. Callum TIMMINS, 20. Michael WEIER, 22. Phil CANCAR, 23. Daniel WILMERING, 25. Carl JENKINSON, 26. Archie GOODWIN, 33. Mark NATTA, 37. Lachlan BAYLISS 39. Thomas AQULINA
  • Adelaide United: 1. James DELIANOV, 2. Harry VAN DER SAAG, 3. Ben WARLAND, 4. Nick ANSELL, 6. Stefan MAUK, 7. Ryan KITTO, 8. ISAÍAS, 9. Hiroshi IBUSUKI, 10. Zach CLOUGH, 17. Luka JOVANOVIC, 21. Javi LÓPEZ, 22. Ryan TUNNICLIFFE, 23. Luke DUZEL, 26. Ben HALLORAN, 37. Jonny YULL, 40. Ethan COX, 42. Austin AYOUBI, 43. Giuseppe BOVALINA, 55. Ethan ALAGICH, 66. Nestory IRANKUNDA

ALW v Western United, Regional Football Facility, Sunday 17 March, 4pm

  • Newcastle Jets: 1. Isabel NINO, 2. Josie WILSON, 4. Natasha PRIOR, 6. Cassidy DAVIS, 7. Gema SIMON, 9. MelindaJ BARBIERI, 10. Libby COPUS-BROWN, 11. Sarina BOLDEN, 13. Lauren ALLAN, 14. Melina AYRES, 15. Alex HUYNH, 18. Sophie HOBAN, 21. Kiara ROCHAIX, 22. Lorena BAUMANN, 23. Zoe KARIPIDIS, Milan HAMMOND, 26. Josie ALLAN, 28. Emma DUNDAS
  • Western United: 1. Alyssa DALL’OSTE, 2. Stacey PAPADOPOULOS, 4. Jaclyn SAWICKI, 5. Aimee MEDWIN, 6. Chloe LOGARZO, 7. Kiara DE DOMIZIO, 9. Hannah KEANE, 11. Emma ROBERS, 12. Lucy RICHARDS, 13. Avaani PRAKASH, 14. Natasha DAKIC, 15. Adriana TARANTO, 16. Melissa TARANTO, 18. Grace MAHER, 19. Tyla Jay VLAJNIC, 20. Keiwa HIEDA, 22. Alana CERNE, 24. Julia SARDO, 31. Kathrine LARSEN, 34. Catherine ZIMMERMAN

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