Prime Minister Scott Morrison booed by West Coast Eagles fans during AFL match in Perth


Scott Morrison is booed by footy fans at an AFL match in Perth – weeks after getting a frosty reception in the changerooms of his beloved Cronulla Sharks

  • Scott Morrison attended West Coast v Collingwood AFL match in Perth on Friday
  • He was booed by home fans when the camera showed him on the big screen
  • Mr Morrison was seated with retired Liberal MP Mathias Cormann 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison received a hostile reception when he appeared on the big screen during an AFL match on Friday night.

Mr Morrison was loudly booed by the huge home crowd during the West Coast Eagles home match with the Collingwood Magpies at Perth Stadium.

He was seen in the stands with retired Liberal MP Mathias Cormann and Eagles chairman Russell Gibbs, looking stony-faced while commentators noted loud boos from Perth fans.

‘Nice reception. You wouldn’t like to be in that job and come to the footy would you?’ one announcer remarked. 

Scott Morrison took to Instagram to show he was at the footy with retired Liberal MP Mathias Cormann (right)

Scott Morrison took to Instagram to show he was at the footy with retired Liberal MP Mathias Cormann (right)

Pm Scott Morrison is shown on the big screen at Optus stadium copping a booing from West Coast fans, while retired Liberal MP Mathias Cormann (left) and Eagles chairman Russell Gibbs (right) sat with him

Pm Scott Morrison is shown on the big screen at Optus stadium copping a booing from West Coast fans, while retired Liberal MP Mathias Cormann (left) and Eagles chairman Russell Gibbs (right) sat with him

The crowd of 54,159 was the biggest to attend an AFL match since the 2019 Grand Final.

The incident lit up social media after the match and into Saturday, with most apparently supporting the fan response.

The PM is not overly popular in WA, where Labor Premier Mark McGowan won a landslide victory last month and reduced the Liberals there to just two seats.

Mr McGowan relentlessly played off WA’s long-standing chip on its shoulder towards the east coast with his eight-month hard border with the rest of the country, to boost his reelection chances. 

Mr Morrison was criticised for attending the AFL season opener last month, between Carlton and Richmond at the MCG – instead of meeting with March For Justice protesters.

He was then seen in the Parramatta Eels change rooms after the Eels beat his Cronulla Sharks team.

The reaction of Eels sports scientist Tahleya Eggers – who stood with her arms crossed and refused to engage with the PM – went viral.

‘Proud to claim this one!’ Ms Eggers wrote on Twitter alongside a photo of the encounter.

Eels sport scientist Tahleya Eggers (top right) defiantly crossed her arms and refused to engage with the prime minister after he snubbed women's equality marches earlier this month

Eels sport scientist Tahleya Eggers (top right) defiantly crossed her arms and refused to engage with the prime minister after he snubbed women’s equality marches earlier this month

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been mocked in the past for celebrating his footy team with a cringeworthy dance

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been mocked in the past for celebrating his footy team with a cringeworthy dance

‘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.’

Mr Morrison is a dedicated Cronulla Sharks rugby league fan. His favourite AFL team is harder to pin down and may not exist. 

The closest he has come to revealing an AFL allegiance was in 2009 when he professed a liking for the Western Bulldogs.

But he has also accepted a Carlton jumper and been associated with Richmond – and has also said he doesn’t have an AFL team.

West Coast beat Collingwood by four goals.



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Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

I have 26 years of experience as a professional writer and editor and have been working as a full time freelancer since 2011. I am originally from Casablanca, Morocco, and I graduated from Qatar University with a degree in journalism. I have worked for newspapers, magazines, news agencies, websites. I speak fluent Arabic, French, English, Russian and Spanish.

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