‘It shouldn’t happen tomorrow’: Trent Robinson wants Roosters fans to STOP booing Latrell Mitchell, claiming Rabbitohs star remains ‘very special’ to the Tricolors
Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has urged fans not to berate Latrell Mitchell when the Tricolors host South Sydney in a blockbuster elimination final on Sunday afternoon.
The star fullback was loudly booed and jeered by Roosters fans when the Rabbitohs lost 26-16 to the Roosters in the inaugural game at Allianz Stadium.
The two arch-rivals meet at the same location on Sunday, and Robinson hopes Mitchell will get a different reception.
Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has urged fans to stop booing Latrell Mitchell
‘It was our first home game’ [last Friday] and that’s where it should rest,’ he said to the Sydney Morning Herald.
“It shouldn’t happen tomorrow.”
Mitchell won back-to-back Grand Finals with the Roosters in 2018 and 2019, before making the switch from Bondi Junction to Redfern in appalling conditions.
An already troubled relationship was soured further last year, when Mitchell Roosters star left Joey Manu with a broken cheekbone after a shoulder attack.
The star fullback was loudly booed by Roosters fans as Souths traveled to Allianz Stadium
The Roosters will again receive their arch-rivals in the elimination final on Sunday
But Robinson, who coached Mitchell for both Grand Final triumphs, insisted the New South Wales star remains “very special” to him.
“He left a huge impression on this team and we really care about him. My kids are still asking about Latrell and if he’s playing. He is a real favourite.
‘That [booing] should stay last week, and we should move on to this week’s game. He is very special to me and this club and the time we have had here. I love to see his smile and to see him happy.’
Mitchell admitted the reception he received at Allianz Stadium last week was “disappointing”, noting that former AFL star Adam Goodes walked away from the footy for being the constant target of the fans.
Mitchell won back-to-back Grand Finals with the Roosters in 2018 and 2019, before leaving the club in dire circumstances to join the Rabbitohs
Last year, Mitchell Roosters star Joey left Manu with a broken cheekbone after a shoulder attack, which resulted in him being banned from the finals
“It was to be expected,” he said.
‘Once or twice [is fine], or when I’m kicking goals, sure. But every ride? It was disappointing. […] It sucks, to be honest. Adam Goodes gave up his career because of this. It is not fun. We process it every day as it is.
Souths coach Jason Demetriou repeated the stance.
“We’re not talking about the odd horde – we’re talking about a constant amount of disrespect in my eyes,” he said.
Earlier this week, Mitchell also found vocal support from ARL committee chairman Peter V’landys, who urged Roosters fans to stop booing the Bunnies star.
ARL Commission Chair Peter V’landys has urged Roosters fans to respect Mitchell
The ARL supremo praised Mitchell as an “inspirational” figure for the Indigenous community and shared his hope that Roosters fans would recognize his status.
‘Being a role model for those children gives them hope in life. People need to understand that when people boo Latrell Mitchell, those kids are watching,” he said.
‘What is the motivation for them to emulate their hero? It’s not just that he’s a brilliant superstar player, he’s just a brilliant, inspiring role model.
“I’m sure those kids watching would rather he be treated with the respect he deserves.”