Seven former AFL players of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background have launched a class action lawsuit against the football code, alleging senior management did nothing to prevent racism within the sport.
Former North Melbourne great Phil Krakouer is the face of the suit, with the other six players still unnamed but all known to be retired and to have played between 1975 and 2022.
Documents for the class action were lodged in the Supreme Court on Friday.
Lawyer Michel Margalit told ABC News 24 the players would be seeking compensation for the alleged lack of duty of care.
"Our claim alleges that the impact of this racial vilification has had life-long consequences, and has caused significant pain and suffering and this remains with the players for life," she said.
Phil Krakouer told the ABC the AFL was aware of the racist treatment of players but failed to act.
"For decades, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people of colour have been racially abused while playing AFL, and we feel the AFL sat back and watched it all go by," he said.
"Sorry doesn't cut it."
Ms Margalit said on Saturday that other players are expected to join the suit.
"Even though in recent times there's been more significant steps towards recognition that racism existed in the AFL and steps to prevent it, the AFL has failed in enforcing the policies and this is where they have failed, fallen down."
"It's not enacting policies, it's the enforcement," she said.
In a statement, the AFL said it has not received any documentation regarding the class action suit, but committed to reviewing any documents it receives.
"If any formal correspondence is served on us we will review it," the statement read.
"Until that occurs we are unable to make any further comment."
The code has come under fire in recent years over allegations it has failed to address racism in the past.
In 2021, Collingwood released a report finding a culture of "structural racism" under the leadership of former president Eddie McGuire at the club, eventually leading to his resignation.