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Port Adelaide bans fan for throwing banana at indigenous player Eddie Betts

AAP logoAAP 21/08/2016 Ben Mckay

Port Adelaide have slapped an indefinite AFL ban on the woman who ignited a racism controversy by throwing a banana at indigenous star Eddie Betts.

The Power say they have completed an investigation of the incident after speaking to the club member and have concluded it was racially motivated.

The woman will be invited to take part in club cultural awareness programs following the act, which was condemned by Adelaide and Port Adelaide football clubs.

The woman was seen waving her middle finger at Betts before throwing the banana in his direction during Saturday night's match between rivals Adelaide and Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval. 

The racist practice of throwing bananas towards black soccer players has a long history in Europe. 

Port Adelaide chairman David Koch claimed support from Betts for the club's actions. 

"Eddie is not only an incredible football player but an amazing human being," he said.

Eddie Betts celebrated in front of the Port fans after slotting a brilliant fifth goal. © AAP/Ben Macmahon Eddie Betts celebrated in front of the Port fans after slotting a brilliant fifth goal. "His response was ... 'I hope (the club is) not taking it personally, it's across every club.

"He understands like us ... that the lasting good, if any good can come from this, is to make sure no football crowd, no workplace, no family thinks this is acceptable behaviour."

Koch asserted Port Adelaide, which has eight currently-listed indigenous players including Patrick Ryder and Chad Wingard, had "league-leading award-winning" Aboriginal support programs.

The AFL has reached out to the Power, offering "whatever assistance is required for the club to deal with the matter".

"Such behaviour in any form will not be tolerated and the game must be a welcoming environment for all players and supporters," an AFL statement read.

Both clubs have condemned the act.

Adelaide captain Taylor Walker tweeted: "Absolutely disgusting! Shouldn't ever be allowed back into enjoy the football. Very disappointing".

The incident comes after much of the AFL's 2015 season was marred by booing and racial vilification of Sydney's indigenous star Adam Goodes.

Goodes, the 2006 Brownlow Medalist, retired at season's end and declined a lap of honour on grand final day.

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