Griffin McMaster stood down for Goodes should be ‘deported’ rant

The offending tweet, which has since been deleted.FORMER Brisbane Roar goalkeeper Griffin McMaster was a spectator for Heidelberg United at Magic Park after the Victorian club stood him down for ‘‘offensive tweets’’ about indigenous Sydney Swans AFL star Adam Goodes.

Heidelberg arrived at Newcastle Airport on Tuesday night about 9.30pm, just before McMaster tweeted: ‘‘Adam Goodes calls Australia Day invasion day. Deport him. If you don’t like it leave.’’

The tweet, which was later deleted, sparked a wave of criticism. McMaster, 32, defended the statement, saying on Twitter that it was not racist, but he labelled Goodes ‘‘unaustralian’’. He tweeted later on Wednesday afternoon: ‘‘If anyone is offended. My apologies.’’

Griffin McMaster apologised for any offence his tweets may have caused. Picture: Getty Images

Just before 6pm on Wednesday, Heidelberg issued a statement saying McMaster had been stood down from the FFA Cup match.

‘‘The club has been made aware of comments on Twitter made by their goalkeeper Griffin McMaster and has made a decision to omit him from participating in tonight’s FFA Cup match,’’ it read. ‘‘The club will investigate this matter and take appropriate action in due course.’’

The governing body quickly supported the move.

‘‘Football Federation Australia applauds Heidelberg United Football Club for standing goalkeeper Griffin McMaster down from tonight’s Westfield FFA Cup match following a series of offensive tweets this afternoon,’’ an FFA statement read. ‘‘FFA condemns the content of the tweets sent from Griffin McMaster’s personal Twitter account and will continue to liaise with the club in relation to the matter.’’

The Swans announced on Wednesday that Goodes was taking a break from AFL because of the booing he receives from spectators.

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