AFL football boss Steve Hocking does not believe the booing of Gary Ablett is comparable with what happened to another champion, Adam Goodes, but nor does he want it to continue.
The league’s general manager of football said he did not know whether the booing of Ablett by Hawthorn fans during Geelong’s 23-point win on Easter Monday was motivated by his social media activity. ‘‘Hand on heart, I don’t know.’’
‘‘I thought Gary handled it very well,’’ said Hocking, a former head of football at Geelong. ‘‘He played exceptionally well and I thought his post-match — the way both him and the club handled it – was very professional.’’
Ablett had ‘liked’ a tweet from rugby player Israel Folau that condemned homosexuality, causing Ablett to retract the tweet and clarify his ‘‘love’’ for all people, regardless of gender, race and sexuality.
Asked if was fearful the booing of Ablett would continue, Hocking said: ‘‘You wouldn’t want it to. I do remember him being booed in the 2008 grand final.’’