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The Haka has become an accepted part of the game and is not considered controversial.
AFL Players Association General Manager of Player Relations Ian Prendergast said the dance has become a feature of Indigenous All Star games, with Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander players wanting to showcase their culture.'I've heard different angles of it.
Only thing I would say is if it was anything at all regarding racial connotations to it that would be very disappointing.Goodes was named the Australian of the Year in 2014, as recognition for his work as a community leader, and for establishing the Go Foundation, which empowers the next generation of Indigenous role models in all walks of life.The Australian of the Year website describes Goodes as: 'a great role model and advocate for the fight against racism both on and off the field and is admired by a great many people around the nation.' 'I want people to embrace it for what it was, and everybody else take a chill pill, understand what I was doing and if there were Carlton supporters offended by it I'm sorry but it's a war cry, it's a battle.' The pair has a controversial history, after a 13-year-old Collingwood fan in the crowd who called him an 'ape' during a game.After the incident, Goodes said he was 'gutted' and 'had never been more hurt'.