Port Adelaide forward Jeremy Finlayson admits to using a homophobic slur against Essendon, with the AFL investigating

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Port Adelaide’s Jeremy Finlayson has admitted to aiming a homophobic slur at an Essendon player in Friday’s game at Adelaide Oval.

The Power charged to a 17.9 (111) to 6.6 (42) win but the victory was soured by allegations of the slur, which was picked up on the on-field umpires’ microphones.

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In a statement on Saturday night, Port Adelaide confirmed that a “contrite Finlayson made the club aware during the three-quarter time break” of the incident “and apologised to the victim on the field after the final siren last night”.

The Bombers player Finalyson directed the comment towards is not yet known.

The Port statement further added: “Finlayson, who will be counselled by club leaders in the coming days, will provide a statement (on Sunday).

“The club will now wait for the AFL to complete its investigation.”

The AFL had earlier confirmed it would be investigating Finlayson.

“We are aware of an alleged comment made by a Port Adelaide player in last night’s match vs Essendon,” AFL spokesperson Jay Allen said on Saturday night.

“We are taking this matter extremely seriously.

“AFLIU (AFL integrity unit) are now investigating and we will provide an update once that investigation is completed.”

Fox Footy’s David Zita also reported on the incident during halftime of Saturday night’s game between Geelong and the Bulldogs.

“A pretty unsavoury moment in what has been an otherwise absolutely thrilling weekend of football here at Gather Round,” he said.

Originally published as Jeremy Finlayson being investigated by the AFL after admitting to homophobic slur

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