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Former AFL player to launch legal action over alleged racial abuse, sexual harassment

A former Gold Coast Suns player is about to launch legal action over what he claims was years of racial abuse and sexual harassment.

Joel Wilkinson, who spent three years with the AFL club, is preparing a case against the league, clubs, coaches and players.

It’ll be taken to the Human Rights Commission.

Wilkinson claims he was subjected to discrimination, vilification and harassment on both racial and religious grounds throughout his career.

The case will also allege Wilkinson faced racially motivated sexual harassment in the change rooms by other players on numerous occasions.

Jon Ralph from the Herald Sun told Marko and Ox it was going to be an interesting test case for football.

“What is banter? What is bullying? What is sexual harassment?” he said.

“If this case is successful, or even goes a substantial way to being proved, then how do footy clubs across the country, let alone professional clubs allow their players to conduct themselves? Is it open change rooms? Individual showers? You know what I’m getting at here.”

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