Fiji Time: 6:25 AM on Thursday 27 November

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.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Couple return to Fiji after almost a decade
  2. Indecent jokes warning
  3. Man behind the change
  4. Medal for a saviour
  5. Ryan departs for Dubai ahead of sevens team
  6. Nanai-Williams opts for Samoa over New Zealand
  7. The real deal
  8. Eighteen receive Order of Fiji
  9. $67.7m expected
  10. Maritime travel advice

Top Stories this Week

  1. Modi-fied Thursday (20 Nov)
  2. PM says sorry Thursday (20 Nov)
  3. WHAT FIJI WILL GET Thursday (20 Nov)
  4. Big cheer for a PM of good tidings Thursday (20 Nov)
  5. Budget Friday (21 Nov)
  6. Deal on NZ jobs Monday (24 Nov)
  7. Stop the bickering Tuesday (25 Nov)
  8. No regrets Tuesday (25 Nov)
  9. Patel guilty of abuse Friday (21 Nov)
  10. President Xi leaves impression on leaders Monday (24 Nov)