Anthony Albanese has weighed in on Friday’s fizzler of a grand final parade, which left fans with that sinking feeling.
Players and coaches from Geelong and Sydney were paraded up and down the Yarra River on barges, with supporters furious they were left far from the action which severely dampened the atmosphere.
“Having watched the parade on the Yarra yesterday, to quote a former Prime Minister, we do need to stop the boats,” Albanese quipped at North Melbourne’s annual grand final breakfast, reported the Herald Sun.
The idea was heavily criticised as thousands of maskless fans flooded the city in their footy colours, only to be left wondering which players they were looking at from hundreds of metres away.
Fans took to social media to criticise the event, believing they couldn’t see the players or were disappointed at the atmosphere, which was more anger than amazement.
Some were left disappointed because of a lack of vantage points, while the barges turned around earlier than expected, where thousands of fans were waiting along Princes Bridge.
After waiting hours, fans were left disappointed, before having to sit through an awkward press conference for Geelong coach Chris Scott and captain Joel Selwood and Sydney counterparts John Longmire and Luke Parker.
Australia’s PM also spoke on the racism saga which has engulfed Hawthorn and the AFL in recent days, saying the league’s investigation needed to be unambiguous.
“I do want to acknowledge this has been a difficult week for the AFL and that we know that discrimination has no part in our game, just as discrimination has no part in our country,” he said.
“And I know that the AFL and everyone who loves footy will be doing their best to deal with these issues openly and transparently as must occur.”