Former Red Cliffs and Essendon player Andrew Lovett has quit Sorrento after five games in the Nepean Football League this season.

His retirement from the club has been confirmed by the Sorrento Coach Nick Jewell, who cited personal reasons.

Lovett, 34, who played three seasons at Red Cliffs, became unsettled a few weeks ago when he was the target of personal comments from a Crib Point spectator from the boundary line.

It was reported in the Suburban newspaper press that the comment was not a racial slur but was related to a 2011 court case where Lovett was acquitted of two criminal charges.

Sorrento president Bernie Balmer said Lovett was “disappointed, to say the least’’ by the incident but didn’t wish to lodge a formal complaint.

Instead he wants the league to instigate an education awareness campaign.

Anderson said the league’s vilification policy wasn’t called on because an official complaint wasn’t lodged.

“But because we are aware of the issue we would like to work with Andrew and the Sorrento club to formulate a (education) campaign,’’ he said.

In relation to Lovett leaving the Club this week Jewell said that he has got things away from football he needs to sort out.

The speedy right-footer had 88 senior appearances for Essendon from 2005-09 and received the medal as best-afield in the 2005 Anzac Day match between the Dons and Collingwood.

Jewell said Sorrento was keen to regain Justin McCleary, who played in the opening three games before being cleared to Kooweerup after being squeezed out of the side because of player points.

Sorrento are undefeated this season and play cellar dwellers Tyabb this Saturday.