Woman At The Centre Of Eddie Betts Scandal Issues Statement
The woman at the centre of the news story that has over-shadowed the penultimate week of the regular AFL season has issued a statement.
The Port Adelaide fan was filmed throwing a banana at Betts near the end the Power’s loss to the Adelaide Crows on Saturday night at the Adelaide Oval.
Port Adelaide said it was clear the woman’s behaviour was racially motivated, which breached their values and spectator code of conduct.
The club then banned the woman from attending Port Adelaide games indefinitely.
The woman met with the club earlier today and she then issued the following statement:
“would like to sincerely apologise for my behaviour on Saturday night at the Showdown. To the entire Port Adelaide Football Club community, I deeply regret any embarrassment I have caused as a result of my actions.
I apologise to Eddie Betts and the Adelaide Football Club as it was never my intention to cause harm or distress to your players or supporters.
Going to a game of football is meant to be a fun and enjoyable event for all and I apologise for ruining it for so many.
I regret my momentary lapse of judgement and I did not attend the game with the predetermined attitude of bringing the game into disrepute or to offend anyone.
Unfortunately, the emotions of the game got the better of me and I hope you all accept my apology. I will accept the sanctions given to me as a result of this incident, with the strongest understanding that there is no place for this kind of behaviour.”
Adelaide’s chief executive office Andrew Fagan said that Betts is a resilient player who would “be looking to move on quickly.’’