On Tuesday night, the AFLW free-to-air broadcasters took the photo, which was taken during the Blues three-point win over the Western Bulldog, off their social and released a statement as to why they made the decision.ย 

โ€œRecently we published an image of AFLW player Tayla Harris,โ€ 7AFL said on Twitter.

โ€œThe original purpose in publishing the image was to celebrate the power, athleticism and skills on show in Carltonโ€™s thrilling win over the Western Bulldogs.

โ€œThe image attracted a number of comments, some of which were inappropriate and offensive. As a consequence we have removed the image and the comments.โ€

But the decision by Channel 7 sparked outrage among those on social media, particularly Twitter, where fans, athletes and media from all codes have had their say.ย 

Most people were upset that the decision was made to delete the photo instead of monitoring the comments and deleting the ones which were inappropriate and offensive.

The photo continued to be spread far and wide with Harris herself making a comment.ย 

Geelong vice-captain Patrick Dangerfield also came out in support of Harris along with Olympian Anna Meares and Fox Footy presenter Neroli Meadows.

The original photo has been re-tweeted over 500 times and has more than 3,000 likes.