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Liam Ryan racist abuse: West Coast want ‘keyboard cowards’ punished

  • Forward subjected to racist abuse on social media
  • Western Australian state premier calls comments ‘hateful’

The chief executive of Australian Football League champions West Coast Eagles has demanded “hateful, keyboard cowards” be held to account after one of the team’s Indigenous Australian players suffered racist abuse on social media.

West Coast forward Liam Ryan was called a “monkey” by multiple social media users on Channel 7’s AFL Instagram account after the broadcaster asked fans if the 22-year-old should be suspended for a clash with another player during the season-opening loss to the Brisbane Lions over the weekend.

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