Post-match West Coast Eagles AFL photo left officials furious over racist symbol

Why this post-match photo left footy bosses furious after fans spotted a 'white supremacist symbol' – but players insist there's an innocent explanation West Coast Eagles post-match photo has sparked outrage over a hand gesture Three players flashed upside down 'OK' sign which has links to white supremacy Club insists players had no idea gesture had become gesture of 'white power' Traditionally it is related to a schoolyard game where kids punch each other  

By Kylie Stevens For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 11:52 BST, 3 May 2021 | Updated: 11:56 BST, 3 May 2021

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A post-match photo of the West Coast Eagles AFL team celebrating a victory has gone viral online for all the wrong reasons, with officials insisting it was just a 'juvenile' game.

The club was initially oblivious of the behaviour of several stars when the team posed for a photo in the dressing room following their 59 point win against local arch rivals Fremantle Dockers in Perth on Sunday.

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The celebratory photo was proudly shared to the club's social media platforms, where eagle-eyed viewers spotted several players flashing a hand gesture.

It was the same secret gesture, now associated with white supremacy, that Australian mass murderer Brenton Tarrant made during a courtroom appearance in 2019.

Eagles stars Jack Redden, Alex Witherden and Jamaine Jones were pictured making the upside-down three-finger OK gesture, with club bosses saying none of the stars knew it had racist connotations. 

The West Coast Eagles proudly shared this post-game photo on social media following Sunday night's win

The West Coast Eagles proudly shared this post-game photo on social media following Sunday night's win

Jones later commented on the club's Instagram post by tagging Redden and Witherden, along with a tears of joy face emoji.

While the gesture is traditionally associated with the schoolyard 'Circle Game', the hand signal has also become a 'white

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