The Fremantle Dockers were having none of it on Twitter today, after a fan threatened to cancel $1,800 worth of memberships if the AFL team took to one knee as a pre-match sign of respect to the Black Lives Matter movement.
The gesture comes after Collingwood and Richmond both engaged in kneeling pre-match in an effort to raise awareness against and stamp out racism.
The Dockers supporter, under the name of Miles Obst (@MilesObst) on Twitter commented, “@freodockers I love my Dockers. I’ve left my 2020 membership with you. But…… if our boys get on one knee on Saturday, I’m out. It’s only 2 x $900 memberships, but I will remove my membership.”
Some took to the social media platform to remind Obst of the side’s rich indigenous history whilst others offered to buy memberships in his place for the less fortunate.
Hey guys, love this. Dogs supporter, but would love to somehow buy a membership (not a $900 one unfortunately) and donate it to someone who maybe can’t afford one. Is that possible? P.S. What Miles what a disgraceful position to take— Zach Schloeffel (@schleff63) June 12, 2020
All class freo. 👏🏽— Andrew Walsh (@awalsh09) June 12, 2020
But perhaps, the perfect response came from the club, which backed up their own stance with a tweet of their own.
In a rare response to a polarising tweet, the Fremantle Dockers twitter promptly responded, “Hi Miles, we are sorry you feel that way. One of our membership services representatives will call you shortly to process your refund.”
Hi Miles, we are sorry you feel that way. One of our membership services representatives will call you shortly to process your refund.— Fremantle Dockers (@freodockers) June 12, 2020
As Twitter users praised the club for its response, Obst simply responded by thanking the club for their understanding and the phone call.