As the nation joins the UK and much of the world in mourning the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, the NRL decided to paused for a minute of silence before each game this weekend as a mark of respect.
While a majority of fans behaved admirably, there were a few that decided to show disrespect before the game between the Roosters and Souths. They were heard yelping and yelling out, including one person who called out: “Go the Roosters”.
Radio DJ at 2Day FM Mike Christian took to Twitter to share his disappointment: “People that yell out during a moment’s silence at sporting events are the scum of the Earth.”
Meanwhile, social media user Nick said in contrast, the one minute silence at Melbourne’s AFL was “super respectful”, suggesting there was “a cultural difference between Sydney and Melbourne perhaps?”
However, thankfully not all NRL games went down this way, with another social media commenter noting that: “Three NRL finals and the total silence when requested says a lot about the respect the common man (people) have for HRM.”
Unfortunately, disrespectful and wild fans are nothing new in the sporting world.
In April a wild brawl broke out in the stands at an NRL game after a fan appeared to yell during a moment of silence to remember the fallen prior to Anzac Day.
And earlier this year some of the world’s best tennis players slammed Australian Open crowds for not showing enough respect, with hate for a particular new trend when the crowd screams “siu” when they see something they like, because it sounds like “boo”.
Also in January, fed-up tennis star Nick Kyrgios took it upon himself to make sure an unruly spectator was evicted from Rod Laver Arena, after repeatedly screaming.