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Do Better report has ‘changed football forever’: Lumumba

Collingwood premiership player Heritier Lumumba says the release of the ‘Do Better’ report has “elevated the conversation” around racism in football, however no one is in any position to congratulate themselves as real change is yet to happen.

The 34-year-old described the report, which found that systemic racism existed within Collingwood, as a “major milestone” but said it was important to keep pushing for change as he remained sceptical that the game’s leaders were genuinely committed to combating prejudice.

Heritier Lumumba.

Heritier Lumumba. Credit:Fairfax Media

“The report was a major milestone … it has definitely elevated the conversation, that is one thing you can’t you can’t deny,” Lumumba said in an Instagram Live conversation with federal senator Lidia Thorpe.

“It has changed football forever … We can keeping putting the pressure on because that is what it is going to take for change to happen, but I think that we will see, and we are seeing, progress being made.”


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