The Penguin Football Club were not aware that three of our players intended to dress in this manner and the incident did not happen at our facilities.
Around sixteen of our players had hired a bus and travelled to Rocky Cape Tavern to hold their end of year celebrations.
The Penguin Football Club would like it acknowledged that it is unacceptable in this day and age that three players would consider dressing for a Mad Monday as they did.
It was not their intention to upset anyone and all they meant to do was dress as one of their sporting idols.
Their actions were never intended to be racist in any way.
Those concerned have been reprimanded and will be given support to make sure they understand that their behaviour was racist and hurtful and that it will not happen again.
The club will certainly be supporting our players through this unfortunate incident.
The players concerned have acknowledged that what they did was completely and utterly unacceptable and would like to apologise unreservedly for their lack of judgement.
The Penguin Football Club will put strategies in place in 2019 to ensure that this completely unacceptable behaviour never happens again.
We are a community-based grass roots organisation and will work with our players to make sure we are more inclusive and tolerant
The PFC is held in high esteem in our local community and understand our role and influence in being advocates for an inclusive community.
Sometimes players make mistakes and for that we apologise.