Sydney Swans coach John Longmire has been left baffled by the incessant booing of Lance Franklin from Collingwood fans on Sunday.
Franklin was curiously booed with every touch as the Swans were beaten by 29 points in what could be future Hall of Fame forward’s final game at the MCG.
Longmire was asked about the treatment Franklin received after the match and was left as baffled as anyone.
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“I don’t know why they would (boo Franklin),” he said.
“Why would they boo him? Probably celebrate a 36-year-old, wouldn’t you, that’s been a champion of the game.
“It’s been 10 years since we played Collingwood here. Why would you boo one of the champions of the game? It doesn’t make sense to me.”
Longmire was backed up by Collingwood coach Craig McRae, who said earlier this season that he wasn’t a “booer” himself after Magpies fans also booed Port’s Jason Horne-Francis in round two.
“I’ve said this before, I’m not a booer. We don’t boo at home,” he said.
“You pay your money, you do whatever you want. I must admit I didn’t hear it. We just don’t boo.”
Franklin finished with just 13 disposals and was held goalless as the Swans managed just six goals for the entire contest.
Sydney is scheduled to return to the MCG in round 17 for a clash against Richmond, which could be Franklin’s final game at the ground if the Swans don’t make the finals.
The 36-year-old signed a one-year deal in the off-season to go around one more time for a 19th season and is drawing closer to 350 career games.
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