Scott Morrison – Fans savage Scott Morrison at West Coast game
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has once again copped it from footy fans during West Coast’s win over Collingwood on Friday night.
The PM came under fire last month after attending the season-opening clash between Richmond and Carlton at the MCG, with outraged observers questioning his decision to attend live sport and not meet with ‘March 4 Justice’ protestors earlier in the week.
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Mr Morrison was also at the centre of another footy controversy in the NRL when a photo of him in the Parramatta Eels change rooms went viral.
The photo showed Parramatta Eels sports scientist Tahleya Eggers with her arms crossed and shooting daggers at Morrison when he paid a visit to the Eels dressing rooms after their win over the PM’s beloved Cronulla.
Responding to a meme of her reaction, Eggers tweeted: “Proud to claim this one. I will not respect a man who has the time to shake hands of men who have won a football match but is ‘too busy’ to attend the March for Justice.”
However she later deleted the tweet despite the Eels stating they had no problem with her comments.
Another visit to a footy match on Friday night has again landed the nation’s leader in the crosshairs of footy fans, with loud boos ringing out at West Coast’s Optus Stadium at the appearance of the PM in the crowd.
Mr Morrison was shown sitting next to former finance minister Mathias Cormann on a big screen at the ground, prompting footy fans to loudly boo the PM.
The Prime Minister’s approval rating has taken a hit in recent weeks after a number of scandals involving the Liberal Party including his government’s response to sexual assault allegations and claims of inappropriate behaviour inside Parliament, as well as the Covid-19 vaccination rollout.
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The West Coast fans had plenty to cheer about after the game, however, after extending Collingwood’s miserable start to the season.
The under-fire Pies are counting the cost on multiple fronts after a second-quarter masterclass from Jack Darling helped guide West Coast to a 27-point AFL victory at Optus Stadium.
Collingwood led by 15 points after an impressive opening term on Friday night, but the loss of star duo Jordan De Goey and Jeremy Howe to injury proved costly.
De Goey was subbed out of the game after copping an accidental hip to the face from Eagles midfielder Tim Kelly in the first quarter.
Blood streamed out of De Goey’s broken nose as he was assisted off the ground, and although he made a brief return, he was later diagnosed with concussion.
“More than likely he misses another week,” Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley said.
“I don’t think he’ll miss any more than that with his nose, but he won’t be able to play next week given the (concussion) rules.”
Howe appears set for a sizeable stint on the sidelines after injuring his right hamstring in a marking contest during the second term.
The 30-year-old immediately grabbed on the upper part of his right hamstring after landing, and he could barely bend his leg as he was helped off the ground.
Darling was unstoppable during the second quarter, booting three goals from strong marks and another major after catching speedy defender Isaac Quaynor holding the ball.
His efforts helped propel West Coast to a 12-point lead by halftime, and they put Collingwood to the sword in the third quarter to run away with the 16.7 (103) to 11.10 (76) win in front of 54,159 fans.
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