Robbie Fox has landed himself in hot water with Sydney Swans fans after donning a Collingwood jumper to support good mate Brody Mihocek in the AFL grand final. Fox, who currently plays for the Swans, was in attendance at the MCG on Saturday as the Magpies beat the Lions in an all-time grand final thriller.
Fox and Mihocek grew up in Tasmania together and are still very good mates. The Swans player posed for a photo with Mihocek and his premiership medal after full-time, with both looking rapt and full of pride.
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But a number of Swans fans were perturbed by the fact that Fox was wearing a Collingwood jumper - a seemingly sacrilegious act for a current AFL player to wear a rival club's colours. Broadcaster Jim Wilson was among the many to question Fox's decision.
"You can support your mate without wearing an opposition jumper, pretty naive to say the least," Wilson wrote on social media. Some thought it was nice to see the Swans player put allegiances aside to show his support for a good mate, but others agreed it probably wasn't a good look.
"It's fine to support a mate but as long as Fox is on the Swans payroll the only guernsey he should wear is the Swans," one person wrote. However another commented: "No reflection on his allegiance or dedication. More a reflection on his character, it shows him in a good light! A good mate who can wholeheartedly support someone and enjoys their success even when it's the same success that you want to achieve."
You can support your mate without wearing an opposition jumper, pretty naive to say the least !
— Jim Wilson (@JimWilsonMedia) September 30, 2023
No reflection on his allegiance or dedication. More a reflection on his character, it shows him in a good light! A good mate who can wholeheartedly support someone & enjoys there success even when it's the same success that you want to achieve. Good on ya Foxy 👍
— Zane (@zanerednwhite) September 30, 2023
Can’t wear another jumper. Stupid decision
— James Redden (@JamesMRedden) September 30, 2023
Maybe don’t wear the opposition guernsey, aside from that, play on.
— MCC Don (@upthemightydons) September 30, 2023
You can support your mate without wearing the colours.
— Azza (@Azzanator1) September 30, 2023
I think supporting a mate and wearing another clubs jersey are two separate things
— Baggers (@Baggersforlife) September 30, 2023
Honestly love it, doesn’t make him love the swans any less, he’s cheering on a mate in a grand final, absolutely play on
— Gulden Features (@Isaac__WF) September 30, 2023
I wouldn't normally take something like that too seriously but don't think I can ever recall a current player in any team sport wearing a rival team's outfit?
— Rom_S (@Woop_x3) September 30, 2023
Others pointed out that the Swans are already dealing with off-field turmoil after co-captain Callum Mills suffered a serious shoulder injury while wrestling a teammate during Mad Monday celebrations. Mills had to undergo surgery last week and is thought to be no chance of being ready for the opening round next year.
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The Magpies are already dreaming of more premiership glory after winning a record-equalling 16th flag and first since 2010. "Everyone at this club has helped me and this team to get where we need to be and I tell you what - it's just the beginning," Brayden Maynard said.
"This day, we're gonna lap it up, we're gonna have some serious fun, I might burn down Melbourne. But I'm looking forward to celebrating with the team because it's been two years of getting after it, getting better every day. We got better for this moment I don't want to get ahead of myself too much but we've built this culture, we can do anything."
Young gun Nick Daicos said: "Hungry for more. It's an addictive feeling."
True to form, Jack Ginnivan is already talking about going back-to-back next season. "I have complete belief in this group but I'm wary of living in the moment and just enjoying it as it is now," defender Isaac Quaynor told AAP.
"But definitely there's belief (about going back-to-back). I've got major belief in his group. Major belief. So anything's possible. I've always said we're building something special. Why not?"
Coach Craig McRae was quick to hose down talk that this is the start of a Collingwood dynasty. "This is today and we're enjoying today," he said. "It's a really special day for the footy club."
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