It really wouldn’t be a Footy Show finale without some controversy and this year it appears to be over some of the more risque entertainment in the show which aired last night on Nine.
The St Kilda Football Club has apologised after one of its players, Sam Fisher, appeared in a production number involving pole dancing and others were dancing with women in a nightclub scene.
“The St Kilda Football Club is disappointed with The Footy Show (Nine Network) and its ‘player review’ segment aired last night,” it said in a statement.
“At no point was the club informed of the nature or content of the segment.
“The segment certainly did not represent the values we aspire to at the St Kilda Football Club.
“The St Kilda Football Club would like to sincerely apologise for any offence caused.”
But a Nine spokesperson told TV Tonight, the arrangements were made via player management and the players had been in rehearsal for several weeks.
“When the St. Kilda Football Club dropped out of the finals we approached player management to see if they were keen to be part of the show and a number of them said yes. We already had a routine ready to go.”
Other players who were originally due to take part were unavailable due to injuries.
“The St. Kilda boys agreed, came on board and learned their routine over a couple of weeks.”
The finale also included a pre-recorded musical number parodying the Ricky Nixon / St. Kilda schoolgirl saga with its resident panelists including Garry Lyon, Sam Newman, James Brayshaw and Shane Crawford.
“The start of the show is parodying everything that has been topical in football, whether it’s on or off the field,” said the spokesperson.
“It’s an entertainment based show that we do every year.”