The AFL has issued the following statement after an incident in the WA crowd last night during the Fremantle v Hawthorn preliminary final, which saw a male strike a female.
The following statement is exclusive to the AFL and not that of Fans Unite.
"The AFL condemns, in the strongest terms, the man who punched a female supporter during last night's Preliminary Final at Domain Stadium.
The AFL urges police to take the strongest action. AFL says our game must be a safe place for all supporters,in particular women & families.
This kind of behaviour is utterly unacceptable and we re-state our commitment to standing up against violence.
The AFL's unequivocal view is women should never have to feel threatened or unsafe at AFL games"
AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan will make a statement later today.