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Giants hit out at Demon hecklers

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Caroline Wilson and Adam Cooper

Money talks: Melbourne fans with ''Scully dollars''.

Money talks: Melbourne fans with ''Scully dollars''. Photo: Paul Rovere

GREATER Western Sydney boss David Matthews yesterday took a thinly veiled swipe at those Melbourne fans who booed and heckled Tom Scully at the MCG on Sunday.

Matthews said that while it was "good to see some passion showed by Melbourne supporters, they should remember that people are entitled to make decisions about their lives''.

"I understand Melbourne supporters' disappointment but there's no need to be disrespectful. Remember this is the club that took Jeff White back from Fremantle after two years. I'm not worried for Tom. Tom held his head high, but people should remember it's his life and he has done what Jeff White did and what Anthony Rocca did."

The AFL has stood by the decision of security staff to remove banners from the MCG stands that accused Scully of putting dollars ahead of loyalty in leaving Melbourne, while the MCC has hit back at suggestions the security was heavy-handed.

The MCC said yesterday only two banners were removed - one for being too big and the other for being offensive. It said no one was evicted and the fan wearing fake banknotes on his jacket was challenged by security staff because of his offensive language rather than his jacket.

Signs carrying the barbs ''Juda$ 31'' and ''Scu££y'' were among those brought to the ground.

Scully, Melbourne's No. 1 draft pick in 2009 who left the club to accept a $6 million, five-year deal with the league's newest team, also copped his share of jeers and boos during the Giants' 78-point loss.

AFL spokesman Patrick Keane said banners could be removed at grounds if they carried abusive language or if they exceeded size requirements, and also confirmed that the league took a dim view of supporters criticising opposition players.

According to Greater Western Sydney list manager Stephen Silvagni, Scully would be better having put the initial clash against his old club and teammates behind him.

Silvagni said Scully would have expected the scrutiny in the lead-up to Sunday's game and looked pleased in the rooms afterwards to have got through the experience.

''It would have been a bit of a relief for him to get through it. He's done it so he moves forward,'' Silvagni said yesterday.

The Giants can expect a more welcoming atmosphere on Saturday night when they play Sydney at ANZ Stadium, and could have Israel Folau back in the side as the convert is close to overcoming a hamstring injury.

63 comments

  • Obviously the AFL has not heard of freedom of speech given their dim view of comments by spectators. The dim view is a reflection of the dim wits running the league.

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    Thomas Collins
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    June 26, 2012, 7:34AM
    • No Thomas, the personalised, over-the-top abuse is a reflection of dim wits with no life taking football far too seriously.

      Commenter
      conan the grammarian
      Date and time
      June 26, 2012, 8:15AM
    • This isn't the US, you don't have 'Freedom of Speech'.
      Even under US law, the MCG is a private venue, they would have every right to decide what is displayed and what is not displayed.

      Commenter
      meanie of me
      Date and time
      June 26, 2012, 8:25AM
  • Melbourne supporters are either dumb, stupid or probably both. AFL is a professional sport playing AFL is a job. Just like any other job you would always go for the best paid job. Show me a demon supporter who stayed at a lower paid job when given a better offer and I will show you a liar and and a fool or both.

    Commenter
    Thomas Collins
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    June 26, 2012, 7:37AM
    • and let me guess you wouldnt boo a player that left your club for money too, right?

      Commenter
      TheDing
      Location
      Heidelberg
      Date and time
      June 26, 2012, 7:51AM
    • What I can never understand is grown men "booing" How old are you lot? 12?

      Commenter
      BoDiddley
      Date and time
      June 26, 2012, 8:09AM
    • It isn't the money that is the main issue that riled Dees supporters... it is the fact that Scully went about the whole business in an underhanded and deceitful way - essentially, he lied for money.

      As for his father Phil, Damir Dokic is a name that springs immediately to mind.

      Commenter
      TimF
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      June 26, 2012, 1:28PM
    • Melbourne supporters who overreacted with their outbursts against Tom Scully should get a life. Do they think that Mitch Clark left Brisbane for love of the Demons? Footballers have a short shelf life and an opportunity missed is an opportunity lost. Another point that annoyed me was the arrogance shown by the players during the match; don't they realise that being 16th and beating 17th is not really a crowable achievement!

      Commenter
      John Baker
      Location
      Tarneit
      Date and time
      June 26, 2012, 1:39PM
  • And yet the bloke they poached from Brisbane for no small bikkies is all kosher I suppose? Mitch Clark? Wanted to go home to Perth but all of a sudden felt a noble cause to save Melbourne? Must of left Brisbane for the weather. Turn it up.

    Commenter
    Bobo
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    June 26, 2012, 7:45AM
    • Melbourne didn't poach Clark. It was well known that he wanted to leave Brisbane and then accepted the highest offer. Bit different to negotiating in secret and doing deals with a bid to thwart the salary cap

      Commenter
      rhm
      Date and time
      June 26, 2012, 9:37AM

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