Carlton coach Michael Voss reaches out to Tom Rockliff after ex-Port star said Blues supporters SPAT at him as he took his son, four, to the footy for the first time
- Former Port star Tom Rockliff was spat at by Carlton supporters at the MCG
- He was watching the match with his four-year-old son in the Shane Warne Stand
- Rockliff played at Port when Carlton coach Michael Voss was an assistant
- Voss has now reached out to Rockliff to offer support after the incident
Carlton coach Michael Voss has spoken with Tom Rockliff, who was spat at by Blues fans on Sunday after leaving the MCG with his four-year-old son on Sunday.
After hearing about the incident, Voss contacted Rockliff on Sunday night to express his disappointment. The pair had previously worked together at Port Adelaide.
While Voss is currently head coach at Carlton, he was also an assistant at Port Adelaide and coach of the Brisbane Lions while Rockliffe was a player at both clubs
Former Brisbane Lions and Port Adelaide star Rockliff admitted he would be ‘very hesitant’ to take his son to the footy after he was spat on by Carlton fans.
Rockliff went to the MCG on Sunday afternoon along with his four-year-old son to watch his former club take on the Blues.
Sitting in the newly minted Shane Warne Stand, the two almost witnessed a comeback for the ages as Port lost 94-91 after trailing by 50 points.
But the experience was marred by the spitting incident, with Rockliff saying he is unlikely to return to the venue with his son for a Carlton vs Port Adelaide clash.
‘What a way to be let down,’ Rockliff wrote on Twitter. ‘Carlton supporters spitting at me when I am walking home with my son is not on. Passion is great but let’s remember it’s sport.’
Rockliff took his son (pictured together) to the MCG to support his former club Port Adelaide and was involved in banter with Carlton fans before some went too far and spat at him
The incident angered AFL fans with Rockliff drawing a wave of support on social media.
‘The Tom Rockliff incident is a poor reflection of where society is at currently. I can only hope that Tom and his son can find their way back to an AFL game soon. Welcome at Tigerland anytime at all mate, you can even use my seat if you want,’ a Richmond fan posted.
Another fan posted: ‘How rude. The most disgusting gesture in this day of COVID. I hope there’s footage of this and press charges by all means.’
News Corp reported Carlton’s integrity officer had also contacted Rockliff.
The incident will be investigated but because of the size and layout of the MCG it is doubtful the perpetrators will be discovered.