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A multicultural Freo

Alex Silvagni of the Fremantle Dockers in action during the 2014 AFL Round 14 match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Brisbane Lions at Patersons Stadium, Perth on June 21, 2014. (Photo: Daniel Carson/AFL Media)
Did you know Alex Silvagni's mum was born in India?
As the AFL celebrates Multicultural Round this week, it’s time to take a look at where the roots of some of our Fremantle players originated.

The club has nine players who have one or both of their parents born overseas.

Zac Clarke’s father hails from the United States, which might explain the afro and love for all things basketball.

Tendai Mzungu can probably thank his Zimbabwean dad for his awesome endurance capabilities.

Anthony Morabito’s mother was born in Italy, and while Alex Silvagni’s heroes most likely include Rocky Balboa and the ‘Fonz’, it’s not Italy that gives him his multicultural status. His mother was born in India, as was Clancee Pearce’s.

Hayden Crozier also has ties to the Subcontinent, with his dad coming from Sri Lanka.

Rookie-listed Michael Wood, who kicked four goals in a quarter for Peel Thunder on the weekend, has ties to New Zealand, with his father from the land of the long white cloud.

Chris Mayne and Garrick Ibbotson have a connection with the Spice Girls, Robbie Williams and the Queen, with ‘Mayney’s’ dad and ‘Ibbo’s’ mum born in England.

Australian Football has the extraordinary power to bring people together regardless of background. Everything’s possible when we unite through the love of the game.

This AFL Multicultural Round, we celebrate the many wonderful cultures who all share a common passion for footy and that no matter who you are or where you come from, AFL is a sport that embraces everyone willing to get involved and have a good time.

The Fremantle Dockers are a great example of the diversity within Australia, so this weekend when we take on St Kilda at Etihad Stadium, why don’t you cheer for us in a different language!

Forza Freo (Italy)
Vamos Freo (Spanish)
Hup Freo (Dutch)
Allez Freo (French)
Los geht's Freo (German)

That’s just a few, whatever your language is, go freo!