• Wong keen to move forward

    STRONG STANCE: James Wong wants to put last week behind him and is keen to tackle North Albury this Saturday.

    WANGARATTA forward James Wong says he is keen to put last week’s racism row behind him and wants to put in a strong performance against North Albury this Saturday.

    The classy Wangaratta forward revealed he was racially abused several times during last Saturday’s loss to Lavington and admitted it affected his performance.

    One of the alleged incidents occurred late in the third quarter when a player on the Lavington bench told Wong to “stop speaking Chinese”.

    Wangaratta immediately asked the Ovens and Murray to initiate its vilification and discrimination policy to deal with the alleged incidents.

    Both Wangaratta and Lavington officials have been in constant talks since Saturday’s match in a bid to resolve the issue, however, Wong said he had turned his focus to North Albury.

    “I’m pretty keen to just move on,” he said.

    “My focus now is having a good game against North Albury.

    “It affected my performance on-field on Saturday and I didn’t really care about the game after it happened.

    “But like I said, I’m keen to move on.”

    If a resolution between the clubs cannot be reached, there is the possibility that an investigation could be held and penalties could be imposed.

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