The move the AFL will make if gay slurs continue

Eddie McGuire believes the AFL will punish players and officials who use homophobic slurs with an even bigger ban than Port Adelaide’s Jeremy Finlayson received on Wednesday.

Finalyson was handed a three-week ban for using a slur during the Power’s 69-point win over the Bombers on Saturday night at Adelaide Oval.

The forward’s words were picked up on an umpire microphone during the game, with Finlayson admitting to his fault at three-quarter time of the match.

Since Finlayson’s punishment was confirmed, there has been uproar that North Melbourne coach Alastair Clarkson’s punishment for a similar act during the pre season was not harsh enough.

The AFL Players Association expressed “fundamental concerns” in Finlayson’s suspension, compared to other officials’ similar acts.

Six weeks ago, the AFL decided against suspending Clarkson for his homophobic slur against St Kilda’s Jimmy Webster.

Clarkson was handed a suspended sentence and $20,000 fine for the slur against Webster, who was banned for seven weeks for a bump on North Melbourne’s Jy Simpkin.

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