Sports stars tackle racism amid Australia’s ‘African gang’ claims

When Australian rules footballer Aliir Aliir kicked the winning goal for the Sydney Swans in a critical match last month, it was a special moment for the 23-year-old. But it was the sight of him walking off the pitch arm-in-arm with opponent Majak Daw, a fellow Sudanese refugee, that he hoped people remembered most. 

“Majak is a good mate,” said Mr Aliir, a 6ft 4in defender, whose physical presence has energised the Swans this year. “Who would have ever thought that two Africans could be playing the top sport in a different country? It shows we can come to Australia and make a difference. We can be role models.” 

Sudanese people are one of the fastest-growing ethnic groups in Australia, which resettled thousands of refugees following a brutal civil war in Sudan between 1983 and…

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