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Sam Newman is facing calls for his removal from the AFL Hall of Fame after he demanded footy fans boo the Welcome to Country ceremony.
An online petition demanding Newman be stripped of the honour has gathered. more than 6,300 signatures - marking the latest blowback against the ex-AFL player and media star.
Newman made the call to boo or slow hand-clap any Welcome to Country earlier this week with his calls falling on deaf ears.
Some 36,000 AFL fans ignored the plea in an inspiring show of solidarity before Brisbane beat Carlton at the Gabba, in Brisbane, on Saturday night.
Instead fans quietly listened to the Acknowledgement of Country, politely clapped Yuggera, Nunukul, Turrbul and Yugambeh man Shannon Ruska and cheered after he delivered a brief but powerful Welcome ceremony.
Instead of booing, footy fans at the Gabba clapped Aboriginal man Shannon Ruska and cheered afterward he delivered a brief but powerful Welcome to Country
Sam Newman is facing calls for his removal from the AFL Hall of Fame after his demand that footy fans boo the Welcome to Country ceremony was ignored in Brisbane
He finished by encouraging the crown to chant 'Aussie Aussie Aussie oi oi oi.'
The same thing happened the previous night during the first preliminary final between Collingwood and Greater Western Sydney with not a single boo heard in the 90,000-plus crowd.
Newman, a former Collingwood ruckman turned media personality, had aired his opinion on the traditional ceremony on his podcast 'You Cannot Be Serious' on Wednesday.
'So the next time you go to to a public event, like the Grand Final, or a football game, or any public event in an auditorium and they trot out the welcome to country, start booing, or slow hand-clapping,' Newman told the podcast.
Newman doubled down while speaking on The Opposition Podcast, claiming the ceremony divided people on race.
'Are we sick and tired of this? I've been going on about this for a while now. I find it