Embattled Swans player Adam Goodes is receiving cross-code support from both AFL and NRL players and teams announcing the inclusion of indigenous dances and the wearing of Dreamtime guernseys during upcoming games.
Goodes has been at the centre of an ongoing booing controversy which has seen him take extended leave and left him considering retirement from the AFL.
This Friday Richmond will don their 2015 Dreamtime guernseys against Hawthorn at the MGC with Tigers coach Damien Hardwick saying the wider football community has become tired of the abuse aimed at Goodes.
“He [Goodes] has given our game extraordinary service,” Hardwick said.
“We have all had enough and I’m pleased our club will make an important statement on Friday night.”
Hardwick also encouraged fans to wear their Dreamtime guernseys, traditionally worn during the Indigenous round which took place in May this year, as a show of support.
“We want to support Adam Goodes, who has been a wonderful ambassador for our game and his people. The vast majority of football fans acknowledge and respect that fact.”
Meanwhile, top NRL indigenous players including North Queensland co-captain Jonathan Thurston are planning to perform indigenous dances at upcoming games as a show of support.
“I’ll show my respect for Adam, indigenous athletes and all the indigenous people with a little move on the weekend if I’m lucky enough to score,” he told News Ltd.
The idea has already gained considerable support including from the game’s top Aboriginal official, ARL Indigenous Council chair Linda Burney, who told News Ltd on Wednesday the booing was racist.
“You have a proud indigenous man who puts his head up … and this happens. That’s why I hope players will shake a leg to support Goodsey this weekend. And not just indigenous players either.”