St Kilda forward Milne was fined for calling Collingwood teammate Harry O’Brien a “f—— homo” . The fined totaled $3000 and he was ordered to take part in an AFL education program for breaching the AFL Players’ Code of Conduct and the AFL’s Policy on Discrimination and Vilification.
AFL integrity officer Brett Clothier launched an investigation after field umpire Dean Margetts lodged a report on the incident after the match. Clothier interviewed Milne and O’Brien.
AFL football operations manager Adrian Anderson supported the fine imposed on Milne by St Kilda, saying the league viewed the matter very seriously.
“It simply is not acceptable, even in the heat of battle, for AFL players to use homophobic insults on the football field,” Anderson said. “The St Kilda Football Club is to be commended for taking this action.”
This is not the first time he has been fined for homophobic slurs. In 2010 Milne was fined another $3000 for making a homophobic comment to then Pies assistant coach Paul Licuria.
Once is unacceptable but twice? Wtf? The fine and punishment should increase every time or a suspension…