The Collingwood Football Club will start an inner investigation into renewed allegations of racism at the club from previous player Heritier Lumumba.
- Collingwood reported it was trying to find “unbiased knowledge” to help its integrity committee look into the subject
- Lumumba took to social media this month to spotlight 2017 allegations of a racist lifestyle at the club
- The club mentioned it was on a journey to “proudly owning the reality and supporting individuals in sharing their reality”
The 33-year-aged, who retired from soccer in 2016 immediately after recurring concussion complications, explained neither the AFL nor Collingwood had the potential or wish to handle the challenges he raised.
In a statement on Monday night, Collingwood mentioned it would refer Lumumba’s hottest allegations to its club integrity committee, which is composed of associates of the Collingwood board and executive.
The club stated it was “in the course of action of in search of external and unbiased abilities to guide the committee”.
Magpies director Jodie Sizer mentioned the club would like to converse with and pay attention to Lumumba, whose truth was “a critical component of this”.
“This is a critical challenge. As a board we have occur jointly and unanimously agreed we will need to consider action,” she explained.
“From my standpoint the total of Australia is on an essential journey as it offers with racism, the impacts of racism and considers what, as a country, we want to be and are to turn out to be.
“Comprehending the truth, proudly owning the reality and supporting people in sharing their truths is a key next stage for any motion.”
Earlier this thirty day period, Lumumba experienced identified as on Collingwood to publicly acknowledge the “essential information” about the culture at the club and the way he was handled.
He reiterated that he was identified as “Chimp” by Collingwood teammates, an allegation which was publicly backed up by Andrew Krakouer in 2017.
He also reported he was abruptly dropped from the team’s leadership group right after publicly criticising Collingwood president Eddie McGuire in excess of an offensive comment McGuire built on radio about Adam Goodes in 2013.
“In my final [leadership] meeting, I was explained to it was since I experienced ‘thrown the president beneath the bus’,” Lumumba tweeted.
“In brief, I was punished as a Black guy for daring to stand up for myself versus slurs from my possess teammates.
“I was punished for currently being upset that my club president experienced affiliated an Indigenous winner of the video game with an ape as a joke on radio.”
In its assertion, Collingwood explained it would not make additional remark on the make a difference right until its integrity committee’s investigation was finished.