Kangaroos fans call off Harvey protest

A supporter rally to protest North Melbourne’s decision to axe Brent Harvey didn’t eventuate on Saturday night.

A Facebook page called “Save Boomer Harvey” was set up after Wednesday’s announcement the club would not offer Harvey, Drew Petrie, Michael Firrito and Nick Dal Santo contracts for next season.

About 2000 people registered to attend the event, which was to occur at gate seven at Etihad Stadium before the Roos’ clash against Greater Western Sydney.

However, an organiser called it off hours before it was due to start, citing the wishes of the players.

Supporters filed into the venue through gate seven without incident and stadium management weren’t aware of any protests taking place.

Harvey and Firrito took to social media on Thursday amid a supporter backlash to assure fans they still loved the club despite their disappointment at the decision.

Petrie spoke to reporters on Friday and voiced his displeasure at the supporter anger directed at coach Brad Scott and the planned protest action.

“The only part I’d like to change is the unfair way that Brad’s been treated in the last three days,” Petrie said.

“The way the media’s reported this decision and the backlash from small pockets of North Melbourne people has been poor and I’m really disappointed that that’s the case.

“I’ve heard a few whispers about bits and pieces that might go on (on Saturday night).

“That would be the minority – 99 per cent of North fans are rippers. We had a great turnout at training and those small pockets can hang their heads in shame if they decide to behave like (that).”

An online petition calling on North to reverse their decision and award Harvey a one-year contract extension had gathered just more than 4200 signatures by Saturday evening.

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