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Port Adelaide fan faces charges over racist AFL rant

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Eddie Betts. © Getty Images Eddie Betts.

A woman is expected to be charged by police for posting racist comments about Adelaide star Eddie Betts on Facebook.

Port Adelaide supporter Maxine Spratt, 31, was reported by South Australian police on Tuesday for using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence.

Spratt took to Facebook on Saturday night after Port's loss to Adelaide to call Betts an ape, writing the Crows forward "should go back to the zoo where him and his family belong".

She said she had received death threats since she made the online comments.

Port is unlikely to be able to take any action against the woman as she's not a member of the club, but Facebook has deactivated her account.

Spratt said she didn't believe calling someone an ape was racist "because I'm part Aboriginal myself", adding she now fears for her safety.

"There's been a few people that want to smash my face in and beat me and my partner up," she told the Seven Network.

She will be summonsed to appear in Adelaide Magistrates Court at a later date.

The incident comes just eight months after another Power fan threw a banana at Betts during a game in a racist act.

Club member Alexandra Pelosi was banned indefinitely for throwing the banana and she was also fined by police for disorderly behaviour.

At the time, Betts called for greater education for racist perpetrators.

"This is all about education," Betts said last August.

Port said its indigenous ruckman Paddy Ryder was also racially vilified during Saturday's game by an Adelaide supporter, who ran away before security were alerted.

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