Adam Goodes’ final farewell to Sydney Swans fans will be delayed two weeks in an effort to avoid further jeering from Collingwood supporters.
Goodes, who announced his retirement after full time in last year’s semi-final loss to North Melbourne, missed the opportunity for a lap of honour after the match.
Normally, he would wave goodbye to Swans supporters at their first home match of the season, but Sydney have opted to wait until round three when they take on GWS at the SCG to pay tribute to the club legend.
Goodes will be joined in the lap of honour by fellow retiree Mike Pyke.
“I think it’s important Swans fans get the chance to say goodbye to Adam and Adam gets a chance to say goodbye to the fans,” Swans CEO Andrew Ireland told News Corp Australia.
“The fans have been so supportive of both Adam and Mike throughout their careers and this will give all parties the opportunity to show their feelings.
“It will happen at half time of the round three match against GWS.”
It was in a match against Collingwood at the MCG in 2013 that the two-time Brownlow Medallist singled out a female teenage Magpies supporter for calling him an ape.
From there, Goodes was named Australian of the Year but also attracted a large amount of jeering from opposition fans.
It reached such a point in 2015 that Goodes opted to sit out a round-18 match last year against the Adelaide Crows, before he eventually retired from the sport at the end of the season.