Vile comments on female star's photo spark incredible reaction from AFL community

The AFL community has rallied behind Carlton’s Tayla Harris after an image of her was targeted by misogynist trolls.

7AFL posted an incredible image of Harris in full flight during the Blues’ three-point win over the Western Bulldogs on the weekend.

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The photo highlighted Harris’ remarkable kicking style and showed off her athleticism perfectly.

Unfortunately, the post attracted hundreds of vile comments, many of a shocking and inappropriate nature, prompting 7AFL to eventually remove it.

Tayla Harris in full flight. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)

Harris herself was having none of it though, and posted the image on her own account, complete with a message for those trying to mock her.

“Here’s a pic of me at work… think about this before your derogatory comments, animals,” Harris wrote on Twitter.

Some of the AFL’s biggest names then threw their support behind Harris, condemning anyone who commented on the original post.

7AFL issued an explanation for deleting the original post, saying the commentary had become too out of hand.

“Recently we published an image of AFLW player Tayla Harris. The original purpose in publishing this was to celebrate the power, skills and athleticism on show in Carlton’s thrilling win over the Western Bulldogs,” it read.

“The image attracted a number of comments, some of which were inappropriate and offensive.

“As a consequence we have removed the image and comments.”

The official AFLW Twitter account reposted the image as well.