Former AFL player Tom Rockliff says he and his son were spat at by Carlton fans after Port Adelaide loss
Posted On April 18, 2022
Former AFL player Tom Rockliff has claimed he and his son were spat at by Carlton supporters when they left the MCG on Sunday.
Rockliff, who was a star for Port Adelaide and Brisbane during his playing career, said the behaviour by Blues fans was a “let down” after such a great game.
The Blues had defeated Port Adelaide by three points in a thriller at the MCG, after the Power closed a 50-point deficit to get within a kick.
Rockliff tweeted after the match saying he and his son Jack were spat at by Blues’ supporters as they were heading home.
“Well done to Carlton, great game of footy,” Rockliff tweeted.
“But what a way to be let down.
“Passion is great but let’s remember it’s sport.”
Rockliff said he had enjoyed the game and his interaction with Blues’ supporters during the match.
But the treatment they had received after the match was unacceptable.
He had earlier tweeted that it was the first time he’d taken his son Jack to the MCG.
“I admit I was cheering harder than anyone at the ‘G and pushed it,” he said.
“But there is a difference between cheering and being spat at.”
‘Support hard but leave it there’
He later followed up with another post on Twitter, saying he had no issues with the Carlton Football Club, but emphasised that inappropriate fan behaviour was an issue for the AFL.
“If you go to the footy support hard, but leave it there. I was supporting as hard as anyone, but never overstepped the mark.
“Go for your team but don’t attack an opponent. I will be back, but let’s be great supporters.”
Rockliff retired from the AFL last year, after a number of serious injury setbacks ended his playing days at Port Adelaide.
The AFL has been contacted for comment.