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Buddy won't join anthem boycott

AAP logoAAP 30/09/2016

Sydney Swans star Lance Franklin will be standing for the national anthem at the AFL Grand Final, dismissing calls for a boycott of the national song as "stupid".

Outspoken boxer Anthony Mundine on Friday added his voice to calls for players from the AFL and NRL not to join in when the anthem is sung this weekend.

"I just want to educate the people, the Australian anthem was written at a time where Aboriginal people weren't even considered human beings," Mundine said.

The boycott plan mirrors a long-running and high-profile protest in the US, where NFL players including San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick have repeatedly knelt during renditions of the national anthem at games to call attention to racism and police brutality.

Australian indigenous activist Paul Gorrie this week featured in a video created for news and pop culture website Junkee, shared by Mundine, that urges footy fans to turn away when the anthem is played this grand final weekend.

"It's a political statement. It's your chance to show indigenous black lives matter in Australia," Mr Gorrie said.

Franklin, who is indigenous, said there was "no chance" he would join any boycott on Saturday.

"Personally I think it's pretty stupid really. It's the Australian national anthem, it's a part of our sport, our history," he said on Friday.

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