The Parramatta Eels have addressed a tweet by the club's sports scientist Tahleya Eggers taking aim at Scott Morrison after their win over the Sharks on Saturday night.
Eggers' reaction when the Prime Minister (a massive Cronulla fan) paid a visit to the Eels dressing rooms after the game went viral on social media on Sunday.
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The sports scientist could be seen crossing her arms with an unimpressed look on her face as Morrison shook hands and spoke with Parramatta players.
The 'Ladies Who League' Twitter account posted the photo of Eggers, writing: "I’m sick to my stomach. Scott Morrison doesn’t have time for women but has time to hang around with the Sharkies at the footy. I’m disgusted."
The Prime Minister has copped backlash in recent weeks after failing to meet with organisers of the 'March 4 Justice' in Canberra, but making appearances at the AFL and NRL.
Thousands of women gathered in major cities across Australia two weeks ago to take part in rallies calling for gender equality and justice for victims of sexual assault.
A delegation of organisers in Canberra rejected an invitation to meet with Morrison in private, asking the PM to meet with them in an outdoor setting instead.
A spokesman for Morrison said there was a standing offer for a private meeting, but the meeting never eventuated.
Addressing her viral reaction on Sunday, Eggers wrote in a since-deleted tweet: “Proud to claim this one."
“I will not respect a man who has the time to shake hands of men who have won a football match but is ‘too busy’ to attend the March for Justice.”
Parramatta Eels respond to viral Scott Morrison photo
And according to the Daily Telegraph, the Eels don't have a problem with Eggers' actions either.
A club spokesperson told the publication that Eggers won't face sanction.
“Tahleya was responding to a social meme that was not of her making,” the spokesperson reportedly said.
“The club is comfortable with her clarifying her personal position and we consider the matter now closed.”
Federal Labor MP Peta Murphy was among the many to shared Eggers’ Twitter message, while former Eels player Brad Takairangi wrote: “Gettem Tahleya”.
The Eels were also criticised for sharing a photo of Morrison in the dressing rooms, writing: “He’s ours now”.
NRL.com journalist Chris Kennedy wrote: “Team, please read the replies to this tweet and read the room and consider taking this down.
“This is not something you want to claim.”
The Prime Minister copped similar backlash last week when he attended the AFL's season-opening clash between Richmond and Carlton at the MCG.
Prominent lawyer Kate Denning tweeted: "When the going gets tough the PM goes to the footy or Hawaii.
"PM totally oblivious to the optics of 100k women marching in the March 4 Justice and him not coming out to hear them vs saying we were lucky not to be shot, shouting across parliament like a thug, getting on the piss at the footy with the Treasurer."
Dr Deborah Towns (OAM), the co-ordinator for Elimination of Sexism in Schools, wrote: "PM has time for footy but no time for women."
While Channel 10 Political Reporter Tegan George tweeted: "How good? I’d say probably as good as going to a march and being thankful you weren’t shot at."
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