A netball star player was verbally abused and spat at by fans of an opposing team while heading out for dinner.
West Coast Fever midcourter Verity Charles, 29, was with her fellow teammates in Brisbane, on Saturday night, when she was targeted by a group of women.
The four women were reportedly wearing Queensland Firebirds jerseys – Charles’ former team in 2014/15.
They ganged up on Charles with one calling her ‘disgusting’ and another spitting on the ground in front of her.
West Coast Fever midcourter Verity Charles, 29, was with her fellow teammates in Brisbane on Saturday night when she was targeted by four women (pictured at a match against the Magpies on August 25)
Charles’ club confirmed the incident occurred and thanked fans for their support.
‘The incident that took place between one of our players and four members of the general public on Saturday night is very disappointing,’ the Fever club said in a statement.
‘West Coast Fever continues to provide all the support that our players need to continue to live in the Queensland hub safely.
‘The club would like to thank the Queensland Firebirds who reached out to offer their support.’
The Firebirds chief executive Catherine Clark apologised to Charles following the incident.
‘Let me be absolutely clear, this behaviour will not be tolerated by our club,’ she told The Australian.
‘Those involved should be ashamed of themselves. The person wearing a Firebirds shirt should hand it back.
‘You clearly do not share our values. You are not welcome at our club.’
Charles took to Facebook Live on Sunday and also thanked her fans for their positive messages (pictured with husband Nathan)
Charles took to Facebook Live on Sunday and also thanked her fans for their positive messages.
‘I just want to say a massive thank you for all the support from West Coast Fever fans and general netball fans,’ she said.
‘It is something we don’t want to happen to anybody so that response has been positive.’
Netball Australia said it cannot comment on the incident as it occurred in a public place.