AFL boss Gillon McLachlan has emphatically hit back at comments made by Sam Newman encouraging Aussies to boo or “slow hand clap” during the Welcome to Country, particularly at the upcoming AFL Grand Final at the MCG.
Newman comments on his You Cannot Be Serious podcast on Wednesday were met with severe backlash, including from Indepedent senator Lidia Thorpe who labelled the AFL great a “racist” over his suggestion.
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Outgoing AFL CEO McLachlan also declared his strong disagreement to Newman’s stance as he fronted the media on Thursday to announce the game’s new $2bn pay deal with players.
Welcome to Country ceremonies have been a feature of AFL finals games, and McLachlan made it clear they are going…