Fiji Time: 4:51 AM on Friday 28 April

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Naitanui, Houli join forces in racism fight

News.com.au
Friday, July 25, 2014

Update: 2:07PM AFL multicultural ambassadors Nic Naitanui and Bachar Houli have called for education to fight racism as they joined forces at Patersons Stadium yesterday to help promote the AFL's multi-cultural round.

West Coast's Naitanui, who is Fijian, and Richmond's Houli, a Muslim of Lebanese descent, said much progress had been made but much was still to be done in fighting racism in football.

"Fifteen per cent of the football industry is multicultural, but it is not a real reflection of society where probably 50 per cent of the community has a parent who was born overseas," Naitanui said.

"We are slowly building on that, but there is always room for improvement."

Houli, an AFL groundbreaker for the Islamic community, said he hoped his achievements would inspire others.

"Previously they thought it was a racist game, but hopefully through my involvement and the opportunities that I have opened we can see more young Muslims growing up and playing at the highest level," he said.

Houli will play his 108th game against West Coast at Patersons Stadium tonight and had a simple message for people who make racist comments.

"Open up your mind and be inclusive," he urged.

 "People who make these comments - it is just a lack of education. Open up to different cultures because it is the reality of our country. You need to start accepting people from different backgrounds."








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65690.6379
JPY 54.043051.0430
GBP 0.37900.3710
EUR 0.44740.4354
NZD 0.70000.6670
AUD 0.64600.6210
USD 0.48860.4716

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 27th, April, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Salaries reduced
  2. Hard work never fails
  3. Villagers defy State sacking
  4. Kepa makes 'gag' claims
  5. Mixed views over pot bid
  6. LTA appoints new expat CEO
  7. Fiji PM turns 63; Parliament sings birthday song
  8. Bills fast-tracked, passed
  9. Teachers: Reinstate allowance
  10. CORRECTION

Top Stories this Week

  1. Luveni: Drug shortage not urgent Tuesday (25 Apr)
  2. Nominate while you can Saturday (22 Apr)
  3. PM upsets church Tuesday (25 Apr)
  4. Another version of history A tribute to the contribution of Fiji Nepalis Sunday (23 Apr)
  5. Cokes17: Natabua's Tuvusa wins Blue Ribbon title Friday (21 Apr)
  6. Cokes17: RKS, ACS maintain lead Friday (21 Apr)
  7. Cokes17: ACS ends purple reign Saturday (22 Apr)
  8. Salaries reduced Thursday (27 Apr)
  9. Her dream a reality Tuesday (25 Apr)
  10. Cokes17: 29 records fall as Natabua, ACS rise Saturday (22 Apr)