Doug Hill, you racist dill

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - GREG DUNDAS and NICK WADE

A HIGHTON man who hurled racist abuse at a player in this year’s Bel­lar­ine Foot­ball League grand final and in­tim­i­dated footy fans who asked him to stop was fined in court yes­ter­day.

Torquay sup­porter Dou­glas Hill, 67, di­rected his taunts at Gee­long Am­a­teur player Baden Dodd from be­hind the goals at the game at Drys­dale in Septem­ber, later ad­mit­ting it was the “stu­pid­est thing I’ve ever done”.

Gee­long Mag­is­trates’ Court was told a nine-year-old boy was among the peo­ple who heard and com­mented on Hill’s re­peated abuse of Dodd and ref­er­ences to the colour of his skin.

At one stage dur­ing the game when Dodd missed a shot on goal, Hill said “suck s---, you f------ black c---”.

Al­though that com­ment was said to have been de­liv­ered just 20m from the player, the court was told Dodd did not hear any­thing di­rected at him by Hill dur­ing the game.

How­ever, he later heard what had hap­pened.

Po­lice at the game were called af­ter other pa­trons failed to get Hill to stop. One wit-

“It’s a real shame that in 2017 these things are still hap­pen­ing. To the peo­ple who stood up and chal­lenged Mr Hill, I just want to com­mend them.” GEE­LONG AM­A­TEUR CO- COACH JAR­ROD YOUNG

ness was re­duced to tears af­ter the con­fronta­tion be­came heated and Hill re­fused to apol­o­gise and be­haved ag­gres­sively and smugly.

Hill was charged with us­ing ob­scene lan­guage and un­law­ful as­sault for his threat­en­ing be­haviour to­wards the other footy fans, and pleaded guilty in court yes­ter­day.

Mag­is­trate Leonard Brear said the com­mu­nity and the court had no tol­er­ance for such “boor­ish and of­fen­sive be­haviour”. He con­victed Hill and fined him a to­tal of $2500.

Gee­long Am­a­teur co-coach Jar­rod Young said af­ter the hear­ing that Dodd had dealt with racial slurs for much of his life and wanted to make a stand to help en­sure his young son could grow up in a world with­out sim­i­lar taunts.

“Firstly, I just want to say Torquay footy club clearly de­served to win the game and this had noth­ing to do with foot­ball,” Young said. “I know (Torquay of­fi­cials) wouldn’t stand for it, ei­ther. They were the bet­ter team on the day, de­served to win and we take noth­ing away from that.

“As for the in­ci­dent, we sup­port Baden 100 per cent. It’s a real shame that in 2017 these things are still hap­pen­ing. To the peo­ple who stood up and chal­lenged Mr Hill, I just want to com­mend them.

“It’s some­thing that needed to be done and we’re re­ally proud that peo­ple stood up for one of our play­ers.

“Hope­fully, mov­ing for­ward, AFL Bar­won can make a stand, along with all the footy clubs in Gee­long, that this sort of be­haviour is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able.

“If you’re go­ing to make com­ments like this, you’re bet­ter off stay­ing at home, be­cause you’re not wel­come at any lo­cal footy games.”

VIC­TIM: Gee­long Am­a­teur player Baden Dodd was racially abused dur­ing the Bel­lar­ine Foot­ball League grand final.

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