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Removed AFL Photo Was Attacked With 'Reprehensible' Comments By 'Animals'

The decision to delete a photo of AFLW star Tayla Harris after it was flooded by "reprehensible comments" is proving controversial.

A picture of the Carlton Blues player kicking a goal during her side's final round match against the Western Bulldogs was posted on social media on Tuesday night, celebrating Harris' phenomenal form.

The phenomenal photo of Tayla Harris. Photo: AFL.

But after the post was flooded by "inappropriate", "offensive" and "reprehensible" comments, the photo was taken down.

“Recently we published an image of AFLW player Tayla Harris. The original purpose in publishing the image was to celebrate the power, athleticism and skills on show in Calrton’s thrilling win over the Western Bulldogs,” a message from the AFL social account reads.

“The image attracted a number of comments, some of which were inappropriate and offensive. As a consequence we have removed the image and the comments.”

However, the decision to delete the photo -- rather than the disgraceful comments -- was widely criticised, with fellow players and fans alike slamming the decision.

Harris herself weighed in to the controversy, reposting the photo with the message: "Here's a pic of me at work... think about this before your derogatory comments, animals."

Following the uproar, the AFL social media teams reposted the photo itself, apologising for deleting the original and giving in to the trolls.

"We're sorry. Removing the photo sent the wrong message," it said.

"Many of the comments made on the post were reprehensible & we'll work harder to ban trolls from our pages.

"Our intention was to highlight Tayla Harris' incredible athleticism & we'll continue to celebrate women's footy."

READ MORE: VIEWS: Removing Tayla Harris' Photo Penalised Fans And Gave The Trolls A Free Kick

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