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Charles and Schwarz reconciled over racist slur

Wednesday, July 19, 2000
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MELBOURNE, July 19 AAP - The racial dispute between St Kilda's Sean Charles and Melbourne's David Schwarz was successfully nipped in the bud today through mediation.

Aborigine Charles accused former teammate Schwarz of being a racist during Sunday's match at Colonial Stadium - a tag the Demon vice-captain took offence to.

'I misunderstood the comments that David Schwarz made,' Charles said today after the mediation session.

'I apologise to him for calling him a racist which I now accept was incorrect and not deserving.'

Meanwhile Melbourne fullback Jamie Shanahan announced his retirement today, just 20 games short of the league record for the most matches without a goal.

Shanahan, who crossed from St Kilda to Melbourne at the end of 1997, played 162 games without a major, short of Ted Potter's 182 games for Collingwood in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Shanahan held down fullback with the Demons in 1998 but began to struggle with injuries last year.

Coach Neale Daniher gave him the choice before the season whether he wanted to play on, knowing he was a likely second choice in the key defensive post.

He did but tore a hamstring in pre-season and had played the last two months with Sandringham in the VFL.

Shanahan and his children will lead the Demons through the banner in Sunday's game against Fremantle at Colonial.

TEAMS Melbourne Demons
PLAYERS David Schwarz
Sean Charles

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