Eddie McGuire, president of the Collingwood Football Club, has hit back at a politician’s recent comments about the AFL.
In a statement released on Wednesday, McGuire said he was “appalled” by the comments made by the politician, who had suggested that the AFL was a “second-rate” sport.
McGuire said the comments were “unacceptable” and “insulting” to the millions of Australians who follow and support the AFL.
“The AFL is a great game and a great sport, and it deserves to be respected,” he said.
McGuire also said that the comments were “out of touch” with the reality of the AFL, which is one of the most popular sports in Australia.
He said that the AFL had a long and proud history, and that it was a sport that brought people together.
“It is a game that has been embraced by all Australians, regardless of their background or beliefs,” he said.
McGuire’s comments come after a number of other AFL figures, including AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan, have spoken out against the politician’s comments.
McLachlan said the comments were “disrespectful” and “unacceptable”.
The AFL has also released a statement condemning the comments, saying that they “do not reflect the values of the AFL or its clubs”.
It is clear that the AFL and its supporters are united in their condemnation of the politician’s comments.