Brisbane Roar fans have reacted angrily after a light-hearted tribute to retiring stalwart Matt McKay was torn down by Suncorp Stadium officials.
The supporters hoisted a Roar jersey on to a statue of rugby legend Wally Lewis prior to their final match of the season against Adelaide United, but were left frustrated when it was removed by stadium management.
To celebrate McKays final game ever Wally was given a new shirt. Unfortunately @suncorpstadium security took it down immediately, didn’t even give us our shirt back. @brisbaneroar @DRPourre @FFA @ALeague this is the kind of pettiness that alienates fans. Shame on you Suncorp pic.twitter.com/clMcFumrfu— Brisbane Roar Fans (@bneroarfans) April 25, 2019
Members of the Roar faithful took to social media after the decision was made by the stadium, claiming it was poor form by officials, especially after they didn't return the jersey.
What did you do at work today,— 007pch (@007pch) April 25, 2019
Just killed joy and respect for a champion
Why @suncorpstadium??? No one can have any fun anymore.— Nathan (@Vards01) April 25, 2019
Is anyone actually surprised ? Just echoes how far down football has become in this country . Disgraceful behaviour that no one will actually care about— Stevo (@sardman) April 25, 2019
I can understand if it was spray painted orange, but FFS... shame Suncorp Stadium, shame.— DrJohnBon20 (@karmabusdriver) April 25, 2019
And they said Australia is a good football nation. Absolutely pathetic— Jeffrey (@jeffreyt777) April 25, 2019
suncorp security just more bogan nrl fans trying to screw with football— West Sydney Football (@WestSydney) April 25, 2019
The Roar lost McKay's final A-League game 5-3 to the Reds - with the final strike against giving them the unwanted record of conceding the most goals (71) in a regular season.
McKay's distinguished career included two Premierships and Championships with the Roar, while playing 272 matches and scoring 26 goals.