Melbourne players will make a stand against the worrying modern trend of social media abuse at the MCG on Friday night when they run through a specially made banner before their clash with Essendon
At a time when the AFL industry is grappling with how to deal with online abuse, the Demons’ banner will display a plethora of real negative tweets and online comments that have been directed at them.
The strong statement towards online trolls will form part of the “Round for Reach” game in conjunction with the Reach Foundation, which is in its 25th year after being founded by late Melbourne great Jim Stynes.
The video states: “we’re building a banner unlike any other.
“The Demons will rip through the banner on Friday night, tearing the abuse apart, to highlight how online harrassment is a major issue not just for AFL players but for the one in five young Australians who are victims of online bullying.”
The move comes after Indigenous players Eddie Betts and Liam Ryan were racially abused on social media, and an iconic photo of Carlton AFLW player Tayla Harris was temporarily taken down after abusive and explicit comments by online trolls.