SMS hotlines and online tools set to tackle racist abuse at Australian sporting events

Major sport bodies and venues endorse new guidelines developed with the Australian Human Rights Commission

Spectators who witness racist abuse at professional sporting events may soon be able to alert officials via text message as part of new guidelines set out by the Australian Human Rights Commission and endorsed by some major sporting bodies and stadia.

Cricket Australia, the AFL, the NRL and Tennis Australia are among the 15 signatories to the guidelines the AHRC hopes will help prevent further incidents like those which occurred during Australia’s third Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January and, when they do, educate fans, officials and players about how to respond.

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