Mystery over why Swans are wearing black armbands at the grand final as club makes no announcement and fans are none the wiser
- Sydney Swans wore black armbands on Saturday, but there was confusion
- Black armbands are typically worn as a tribute to a figure who has recently died
- Yet there was no official confirmation as to who the tribute was intended for
- One fan pointed out that Tom and Paddy McCartin’s grandmother died this week
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Sydney Swans wore black armbands during the AFL Grand Final on Saturday, although there was confusion among footy fans as to who the finalists were paying tribute to at the MCG.
Every Swans player donned a black armband on their left arm during the showpiece event – with the garment typically worn as a tribute to a figure that has recently died.
Yet there was no mention of the tribute – or who it was intended for – by the Swans on their official Twitter nor website, stirring confusion amongst fans online.
Sydney Swans wore black armbands at the AFL grand final, but nobody knew who it was for
Black armbands are typically worn as a tribute to a notable figure who has recently died
It was suggested that the armbands were a tribute to Tom and Paddy McCartin’s grandmother
‘Maybe dumb question but who are the black armbands for?’ one fan asked on Twitter.
A Sydney fan account suggested that the armbands are a tribute for the grandmother of Swans duo Tom and Paddy McCartin, who died earlier this week.
‘We have had an interesting week,’ their father Matt told 3AW before the bounce.
‘Unfortunately my wife’s mum, had a stroke and passed away on Tuesday so we have had a bit of a tough week but we are super excited about today and the kids are really excited about the opportunity ahead.
‘It’s been an incredible shock, we are absolutely devastated. She was such a beautiful woman. Footy has been a great distraction for us.’
More to follow.