Scott Morrison has responded to being booed at Shane Warne's state memorial service at the MCG on Wednesday night, shrugging off the controversial scenes.
The Prime Minster was loudly booed by some in attendance at the MCG when he appeared on the big screen.
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The ugly scenes divided opinion on social media, with some labelling the booing of the PM 'disgusting'.
Addressing the furore on Friday, Mr Morrison said it was all part and parcel of being the Prime Minister.
“They did run the shots of you being booed when you came up on the big screen,” Samantha Armytage asked the Prime Minister on her podcast 'Something To Talk About'.
Mr Morrison replied: “Politicians always get booed at every sporting stadium in the country.
"It’s par for the course. It’s a bit of a ritual."
Mr Morrison said some fans personally thanked him after the service as he was leaving the MCG.
“I was leaving last night that beautiful service for Shane," he said.
"I was walking back to the car and there was a lovely group of people there waiting for me to leave just to say thank you.
“I wasn’t expecting that and it was nice of them to do it. And to be honest that happens more often than the alternative.”
The Prime Minister claimed the media would prefer to focus on the negative headlines he attracts rather than the positive.
“You won’t see it on TV, you won’t hear it often out of the media. Why would they?” he said.
“Because that suggests the PM actually connects with people and why would they want to tell Australians that?”
Australians were quick to condemn the booing of Mr Morrison on Wednesday night, with some claiming it disrespected Warne's memorial.
“Disgusting behaviour - this memorial is about Shane Warne!" one social media user wrote.
"Save your opinions and behaviour for more appropriate occasions or better still direct your energy towards being kind!”
Another wrote: “People who indulge in this disgusting behaviour will never have the manners the respect or the behaviour to ever be decent human beings.
"If this is the way they behave at a memorial service, it shows their character."
1. Booing of any Politician at a State Memorial is absolutely disgusting.
2. Scott Morrison appeared on all the Brekky/Morning Shows Today. https://t.co/vKQS8xzVUU
— Madsen Paunga (@mvpmadsen) March 30, 2022
Shame on you for booing at Shane Warne’s memorial when they thanked Scott Morrison for being in attendance. Absolute disgrace. #ShaneWarneMemorial
— Josh Gallo (@joshhgallo) March 30, 2022
So rude - not the time or place
— KatieB🌻💙 (@Kateack08) March 30, 2022
Shane Warne given rockstar sendoff at MCG
More than 50,000 people were at the MCG to farewell Warne, who died suddenly aged 52 in Thailand on March 4.
Former Australian teammates and rivals paid tribute to the cricket legend at Melbourne's famous stadium in a star-studded state memorial service.
Warne finished his career in 2007 with 708 Test wickets and was named as one of Wisden's five cricketers of the 20th century alongside Don Bradman, Garfield Sobers, Jack Hobbs and Viv Richards.
"The greatest cricketer who has ever played the game," Nasser Hussain told Fox Sports before the service began.
"Unbelievable cricketer and bloke."
In a panel discussion in the middle of the MCG with former Australian stars Allan Border, Mark Taylor and Merv Hughes, and West Indies legend Brian Lara, Hussain told a story about Warne getting him out in a tri-series final in 1999.
"I sledged him for some apparent reason and I've said something 'like enjoy your last game as captain'," Hussain said during the service.
"I'll be surprised if you haven't got the footage of me running down the pitch, very next delivery after that slog sweep and getting stumped.
"It was a privilege to be on a cricket field with you - you were the greatest bowler I ever saw."
The Great Southern Stand at the MCG was formally unveiled as the Shane Warne Stand by his children - Brooke, Summer and Jackson - to close an epic ceremony.
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