Eddie Betts says he’s disappointed in the behaviour of a fan who threw an object at him in the latter stages of Saturday night’s Showdown at Adelaide Oval.
Betts was celebrating with teammates after kicking his fifth goal when a spectator threw a banana onto the field and in his direction.
The All Australian forward wasn’t aware of what had happened until after the game.
“I didn’t even realise at the time. I watched the footage back and saw everything unfold,” Betts said on Monday.
“It’s a little bit disappointing that someone is trying to aim at you while you’re playing on the field.
“We go out there to play footy and to entertain. We don’t want to be fearing for (our safety) and dodging stuff that comes onto the field.
“I think I can speak for every AFL player in saying, period, you shouldn’t throw anything on the field.”
The Port Adelaide Football Club investigated the incident and determined the action was racially motivated.
The spectator immediately had her membership revoked and was banned from attending Power matches for an indefinite period.
“It’s sad that racism still exists in our game,” Betts said.
“It was my 250th game and something that we’re meant to celebrate …
“All we have to do is just educate (people). Port Adelaide have offered, all their Indigenous players, for this lady to go and speak to them, which is fantastic.
“I’m part of the new AFL campaign against racism and our slogan is, ‘It stops with me’.
“Hopefully, people can talk to their kids about why the campaign is important and educate their families about racism. It’s never too late to learn.”
Betts praised the prompt response from both clubs, and also the support he’d received from the football and wider community.
“It’s been overwhelming,” he said.
“I thought it would take a while for them to embrace me, but ever since I moved across here the Adelaide Crows supporters have been fantastic and so have the Port supporters.
“I’d like to thank Port Adelaide for the way they handled the situation ... and also the support I got from my teammates and staff at the Crows.
“Hopefully, we can all learn something from this weekend.”
The Crows will return to Adelaide Oval in a Friday night blockbuster against West Coast.
Betts said he was keen to move on from the incident.
“I’ve just got to find a way to put it aside because we’ve got finals coming up and we’ve got West Coast on Friday night, that’s the main thing I need to focus on.”