Australian football player Goodes has labelled the booing by fans as racist.
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Few athletes have the credentials to challenge Adam Goodes for the mantle of being THE Australian sportsman, which is why a racism debate is raging down under.He may not have an international profile due to playing in the home-grown game of Australian rules football, but the Aboriginal star was twice voted the most valuable player in an Australian Football League season, and has been awarded the Australian of the Year civic honor.The Swans confirmed Wednesday that Goodes would not play a home match against Adelaide Saturday after being given extended leave.The 35-year-old Goodes was an uncontroversial and respected figure for much of his long career.Not retreating from the race issue, Goodes used the public platform to extend his advocacy for Aboriginal causes.Still, the worst of the constant booing of Goodes did not begin until this year, in a match against Hawthorn when he was booed every time he got involved in play. Others say that no other Aboriginal player is subject to the same treatment, so it is a personality issue.Despite that, indigenous Australians are proportionally well represented in sports, particularly in Australian rules football and in rugby league.
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