Racism in football has again reared its ugly head with former Fremantle Dockers star Jeff Farmer leaving the field to confront a spectator after he was abused in the North Pilbara Football League.

Farmer has spent the past two seasons playing for Wickham Wolves. He was targeted by a spectator during a match against Dampier on June 10 and pushed him in the chest after being called a “black c…”.

But the issue took a dramatic turn when the 33-year-old was reported for misconduct for making contact with a spectator. Farmer pleaded guilty and accepted a two-week ban. Farmer, who is working for Woodside in Karratha, spoke to his club about the racial abuse but chose not to make a complaint.

“Jeff was playing in the forward pocket and a spectator was quite vocal,” Wickham president and player Matt Dyson said.

“He said something which tipped Jeff off. I was on the ground and the umpires were quite close too.

“Jeff pushed the guy and was upset that he did that because he wants to set a good example.”

WA Country Football League general manager Cameron Knapton said racism would not be tolerated, but neither would players taking the law into their own hands.

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