Channel Seven criticised for removing image of AFLW star Tayla Harris

After several derogatory comments, Channel Seven removed this image from their social media accounts Michael Willson/AFL Media

The Seven Network is under fire for removing a photo of Carlton Blues star Tayla Harris from social media after trolls bombarded the photo with misogynistic comments.

The incredible photo featured Harris kicking for goal in last weekend's game, and while many viewed the photo as inspirational, Seven quickly removed the image after it attracted several offensive comments.

In a statement posted on Seven AFL Twitter account, the network wrote: "Recently we published an image of AFLW player Tayla Harris... 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".

The network immediately faced backlash with many people calling for the image to be posted again and for the comments to be moderated. Many from the AFL community, including Patrick Dangerfield, were quick to post the image again on their own accounts.

In response, Seven chose to repost the image and apologised for the way they handled the situation, stating the decision to delete "sent the wrong message".

On Tuesday night, Harris posted the image across her social media accounts, stating "this is me at work... animals".

This is just the latest issue AFLW has faced since it launched in 2017, with the competition constantly facing derogatory comments from trolls.

This isn't the first time Seven has come under fire for how they promote the women's game.

Intending to hit back at trolls, Seven had five captains stare down the camera and respond to misogynistic comments with the message 'we don't care what you think'. While some lauded the move, many questioned their actions and believed it could just encourage trolls.