The AFL’s staging controversy has ignited a social media sledging battle between two of Australia’s most celebrated sportsmen.
Aussie cricket legend Shane Warne has taken a swipe at Sydney Swans AFL player Adam Goodes on Twitter for ‘staging’ for free kicks.
During the stoush, Warne also expressed his shock that Goodes was the reigning Australian of the Year – an award he won back in January.
It all started during last night’s match between Goodes’ Swans and Warne’s favourite club Richmond.
Warnie sent out the following tweet during the game:
He then replied to Australian captain Michael Clarke with his disbelief that Goodes was Aussie of the Year:
Goodes then replied this morning: “Thanks for your support mate maybe ask @gilly381 [Adam Gilchrist] who votes for it he is the chair of the Australia Day Council”, to which Warne replied:
The stoush is the latest incidence of an AFL star being accused of staging, or playing for free kicks. Geelong’s Jimmy Bartel and North Melbourne’s Lindsey Thomas have also been in hot water at various stages during the season over staging.
Richmond managed to upset Sydney to grab the final spot in the AFL finals, which start next weekend.