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Lyon unhappy with booing

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Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has questioned the conscience of Dockers fans who booed Adam Goodes during the AFL qualifying final.

The booing on Saturday was not as loud as the infamous July 26 game at Domain Stadium, which brought the matter to a head.

But it was there, despite Lyon again asking Fremantle fans during the week to show Goodes respect.

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“Everyone puts their head on the pillow at night and deals with their own conscience,” he said.

“Mine’s pretty good with Adam Goodes and the Indigenous community at large.

“It’s disappointing personally … I think this is really simple.

“Once Adam made it known that he was taking in the context that he was – which he feels it’s racist, and his teammates – the AFL family would prefer everyone just cheered for their own (team) and left Adam alone.”

Sydney coach John Longmire said he had not heard any booing and had not spoken to Goodes about the issue post-match.

“I generally think it was okay,” he said.

Goodes was mighty for the Swans on Saturday, his first game at Domain Stadium since the July 26 game against West Coast.

The repeated booing from Eagles fans was not the first time it had happened with Goodes this season.

It prompted him to take a week off and it sparked a heated national debate about racism.

He started in the midfield against the Dockers and the 35-year-old turned back the clock with an outstanding game.

The two-time Brownlow Medallist stepped up manfully with the Swans missing onballers Kieren Jack and Luke Parker.

Longmire had also wanted to use Isaac Heeney through the midfield, but the youngster was hindered by a shin knock.

“Goodesy took that opportunity and played a really good game,” Longmire said.

“He was super – a couple of the old, experienced blokes in he and Rhyce Shaw were good.”

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