Collingwood star Taylor Adams was labeled a “grub” after Sydney fans booed injured teammate Jack Ginnivan during Sunday’s 27-point win over the Swans.
Ginnivan scored Collingwood’s third goal of the day after winning a penalty after being sent off on the stroke of half-time.
He came back from the sessions with his right foot heavily iced and sat on the bench for the last half.
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roared Foss from the 44,000-plus registered crowd as his face was put on the big screen.
Geneva’s injured teammate Adams took to social media to protest the treatment of the 19-year-old.
“Imagine yelling at an injured player. Grubs,” she tweeted.
Ginnivan pulls a squeal when he first appears on screen as the boos start laughing again and again as the boos are added.
Fox Football’s John Ralph called on those in the crowd to “have some respect” for Guinevere.
“I think we should have a little respect,” Ralph said.
“We understand he is an AFL pantomime villain.
“Also, just this week, he’s said twice now that he struggles with mental health issues. You can talk about the media being a little bit off, but I think you’ve got to have a little more respect for Geneva there, especially when he was hurt.
Commentator Alistair Nicholson agreed with Ralph’s assessment.
“I think Jack Geneva is very stubborn and it doesn’t make sense that you’ve got an injury and you’re still being booed by the crowd,” he said.
AFL commentator Dale Thomas says Sydney fans should know better about the medical treatment that led to the early retirement of their star Adam Goodes.
Late in his career, Goodes has been widely heralded in all fields across the country.
In the 7th Sunday session he said: “Even without the Adam Goodes stuff, I think it’s an absolute disgrace (Guinevan’s screams).
“He’s a young lad going on the trade, he’s injured and they come up to him on the bench and the Swans fans boo.
“I don’t think this is right.”
Guinevere’s injury summed up a difficult day for Pius, with star Jordan De Goey out late with a hip flexor problem against the Swans.
“This is not a very good season for the Collingwood Football Club,” Ralph said.
“(Ginnivan) will have to play a final game that could be eligible for a day or two for a 21-day recovery period after he gets rid of that muscle soreness.
“Best case scenario, the Pacers have to play Taylor Adams on the first 30-day layoff with a groin tear and Ginnivan with a question mark on his body, and they’re not sure if either of those players will stick around. Out of the game.”
Fox Footy’s David King says Collingwood should not risk de Goey for next week’s clash with Carlton – even if the result will determine their top four hopes.
“I think it’s a no-risk policy for me,” he said.
I’m not worried about losing him for the finals next week. If it costs you a spot on the ladder, so be it.
Brad Johnson agreed and said the club should adopt a “100 percent fit or not” policy from this point on.