The parents of Sydney Swans co-captain Kieren Jack will not attend the 2016 AFL grand final on Saturday, after the midfielder reportedly decided to offer allocated family tickets to his girlfriend’s parents instead.
In July it was revealed Kieren had fallen out with his father, NRL great Garry Jack, and mother Donna, because of a breakdown in their relationship with his girlfriend, former Miss Universe contestant Charlotte Goodlet.
Kieren is expected to take the field against the Western Bulldogs on Saturday as he chases a second premiership medal.
His father confirmed he would not be attending the game, in a statement published on Wednesday.
“At this stage no contact has been made from anyone at the Swans club and as a result no one from the family will be attending the game,” Garry Jack told News Corp.
“In response to ongoing questions, we want to wish our son Kieren every success in this important game and do not want to add any unnecessary attention to the club’s preparations.
“As we have stated from the very beginning, today and always, the door of our home remains open to all of our sons, and we fully accept the decisions that they make in their lives unconditionally.
“We ask that media agencies please respect our family’s requests for privacy from this point onwards as we continue to deal with and move on from these circumstances.”
Garry and Donna did not attend’s Kieren’s 200th game at Geelong in July.
Kieren’s younger brother Brandon will be at the grand final because he is a reserves player with the Sydney Swans.
‘You don’t want us there’
At a press conference in July, Kieren said the public nature of the furore had been tough.
“My priorities of support are firmly with my partner and my little brother who I love and care for very much.”
Before his 200th game, Donna Jack posted to Kieren on Twitter saying: “@kjack_15 so sad. Dad 200 RL [rugby league games] you 200 AFL [games] & you don’t want us there, your parents.
“No appreciation for all the years helping you get there.
Kieran’s other younger brother, Rhys, also took to Twitter in July to support his parents.
“I love and support my Mum and Dad to the end of the earth, two more genuine people you will not find. For me FAMILY is the number ONE priority.”
Garry Jack was quoted by News Corp in July saying the scenario was devastating.
“It hurts us as a family,” he said. “It cuts to your heart, it really does. We are still his parents.
“I support Donna 100 per cent and support what she said. We have been trying to fix it and resolve it for a long time.”