Collingwood fans have sparked outrage and disbelief around the AFL world after booing former Magpies player Adam Treloar on Friday night.
Treloar was unceremoniously jeered by Collingwood fans but exacted some sweet revenge on the club that dumped him as the Western Bulldogs opened their AFL season with a 16-point win at the MCG.
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The star midfielder had 18 disposals, five clearances and a cool hand in the Dogs' hot start on Friday night, helping his new side snap a four-game losing streak against the Magpies.
It was the perfect revenge for Treloar after he was traded from Collingwood to the Bulldogs last November in controversial circumstances that saw partner Kim Ravaillion dragged into the mess.
Collingwood claimed they were worried that Treloar would struggle being away from Ravaillion and their new baby when she signed to play Super Netball for the Queensland Firebirds.
The Pies said it was in Treloar's best interests to seek a trade to a Queensland club, despite his repeated insistences that he wanted to stay and see out the remainder of his $4.5 million contract.
The Pies eventually sent Treloar to the Dogs in a move that was clearly aimed at easing salary cap pressure.
So fans were left gobsmacked on Friday night when Collingwood supporters booed Treloar at the MCG, considering he was forced to leave the club.
“I for one am shocked that Collingwood supporters are booing Adam Treloar because footy fans are renowned for their rational behaviour, especially when they are in large groups," tweeted The Age’s Daniel Cherny.
The ABC's Richard Hinds tweeted: "Tonight’s idiot test: If you’re a Collingwood supporter and you boo Adam Treloar nothing can save you (unless he knocks out Pendles. Then it’s gloves off, obviously.)"
While Max Laughton of Fox Sports wrote: "Booing Adam Treloar, who was essentially forced out of your club and said just days ago he still loves the club. Righto."
Others described the treatment as "disgusting" and "shameful".
Adam Treloar gets sweet revenge on Collingwood
Treloar publicly addressed the saga again during the build-up to his first outing with the Bulldogs, ensuring a keen focus on the round-one grudge match.
The 28-year-old started on a wing and copped boos from the Magpie Army in the opening minutes, but showed composure with his first touch to set up a goal for Aaron Naughton.
The Dogs had three unanswered goals in the first six minutes and dominated both possession and territory from the outset.
Both sides kicked goals from controversial 50m penalties during the second term and the Dogs created a scoreboard buffer by three-quarter time.
Late in the final term, long after the early jeers, Treloar was applauded by both sets of fans.
"Adam would absolutely just be relieved," Beveridge said.
"I don't think any player in maybe the history of the game has ever had so much publicity with a move from one club to the other, so you can imagine the emotional rollercoaster that he's been on."
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