A scene from the footage showing a woman, far left, about to throw a banana at Adelaide Crows Indigenous player Eddie Betts.
A scene from the footage showing a woman, far left, about to throw a banana at Adelaide Crows Indigenous player Eddie Betts.

Woman threw a banana at Indigenous AFL player

UPDATE: The Port Adelaide Football Club have confirmed they will ban a fan who threw an object, believed to be a banana, at the Crows Indigenous player Eddie Betts at a game on Saturday night. 

David Koch, who is a board member of the club, appeared before media on Sunday afternoon to address the widespread backlash against the incident.

He said the woman pictured in the video was a club member, but the club had not been able to make contact with her.  

Mr Koch said throwing anything on to the field of play was against the club's code of conduct that member's must adhere to. He said the woman who threw the item would be banned for the 2017 season. 

"At the moment, we're trying to get to the bottom of it," he said. 

"In the interest of fairness, we need to talk to the person responsible." 

Mr Koch said the club did not know which player the woman had targeted.

He said he hoped the incident was not racially motivated. Others, including South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill, have already condemned it as racist.  

EARLIER: A WOMAN who threw a banana at Indigenous AFL player Eddie Betts may be banned from attending future matches.

Video footage shows the woman throwing an object, identified by other crowd members as a banana, at Betts while he was celebrating a goal at his 250th game on Saturday night.

Other fans who say they were seated near the woman shared their experience on Facebook and said she also called Betts a monkey when asked why she threw the banana. 

His team Adelaide Football Club (the Crows) released a statement early on Sunday.

"We expect significant action to be taken against any person found guilty of anti-social behaviour," the statement said.

Their rivals, Port Adelaide Football Club (the Power), who the woman was supporting, have also issued a statement announcing they would investigate the incident.

"Port Adelaide is appalled by the vision," the statement said.

"The club will conduct a full investigation in the coming days."

Betts was chaired from the grounds by his Crows teammates to celebrate reaching 250 games. 

Many AFL fans and players called for the woman who abused him, who is believed to be a season member for Power, to be banned from attending matches.

The Crows captain Tex Walker labelled the woman's behaviour as disgusting.

It is only the latest in a number of incidents of racial abuse by AFL fans.

Former Sydney Swans captain Adam Goodes was also called an ape at a game during the 2013 season by a teenage girl.

He singled out the girl and called for her to be removed from the stadium grounds for the racial abuse. 

The girl later apologised to Goodes and said she didn't realise the term was racist.