Indigenous round starts on a sour note after a fan is ejected from the MCG.
Sydney’s 47-point win over Collingwood has been marred by a spectator being evicted from the MCG after star Swan Adam Goodes was verbally abused by a fan.
Goodes led the goal scoring for the Swans in their 15.12 (102) to 8.7 (55) triumph, but he appears to have been the victim of an alleged racial vilification incident after being verbally abused by a Magpies fan.
The two-time premiership winner was visibly shaken and left the field before the full-time siren.
The incident, which took place in the opening match of the AFL’s Indigenous Round, soured the Swans’ win against an often insipid Magpies outfit.
— Nic Naitanui (@RealNaitanui) May 24, 2013
Something clearly said to Adam Goodes, sitting on the couch speechless and really flat! #bloodydisappointing
— Jack Riewoldt(@JackRiewoldt08) May 24, 2013
After the match Goodes was said to not be interested in pursuing the matter as the instigator was a young girl, after pointing her out to ground security staff, who ejected her from the ground.
The girl was then placed in police custody with the matter to be examined further.
However, Collingwood president Eddie McGuire was furious the Magpies fan verbally lashed out and met with the Sydney star in the change-rooms after the game to offer his apology.
The incident has left a sour taste in the mouths of the Swans after they turned in their best performance of the season.
Goodes was the star of the show with the two-time Brownlow medalist kicking three goals to spearhead his side to the victory.
In a drought-breaking victory for the Swans it was their first win over Collingwood at the MCG since 2000.
Trailing by 48 points at three-quarter time, Collingwood rallied with four goals two in the final term, outscoring the Swans by a point.
The Swans (26 points) claimed their sixth win and jumped one spot to third on the ladder, while the Magpies (5-4) suffered their fourth loss.