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- Adam Goodes has given his first interview since his retirement last month
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- Goodes was racially taunted and booed by fans during final years of career
- 'It was another piece of the puzzle that made my decision easy', he said
AFL champion Adam Goodes has revealed the racist abuse he endured during his final few seasons played a pivotal role in him deciding to walk away from the sport.
In his first interview since retiring following the Sydney Swans finals defeat against North Melbourne last month, Goodes, 35, said the abuse from fans 'was another piece of the puzzle that made my decision quite easy'.
'It's one of many reasons. You know obviously my stand on racism is that it's unacceptable and that we should always stand up to it,' Goodes told Honi Soit, Sydney University's student newspaper.
AFL champion Adam Goodes has revealed the racist abuse he endured during his final few seasons played a pivotal role in him deciding to walk away from the sport
'There came a point this year when I knew that it was going to be my last season.
'I just needed to be around people who really understood how it felt to be in that position. For me, I just needed that support from those people so, it wasn't until the day after that West Coast Eagles game that it really hit me, and I was really down and out and I didn't want to go training on Monday.'
The incident Goodes referred to against the West Coast Eagles was something of final straw for the racist abuse he suffered from 2013 onwards, and forced him to momentarily step away from the game.
In his interview with Honi Soit, the dual Brownlow Medalist also discussed his decision to sit out the AFL's traditional 'lap of honour' given to retiring players ahead of the grand final.
Goodes, pictured being carried off the field by his teammates after a milestone game, said the abuse from fans 'was another piece of the puzzle that made my decision (to retire) quite easy'
The Sydney champion gave his first interview since retirement to Sydney University's newspaper, Honi Soit
The Sydney Swans champion said it was ultimately his decision whether to take part or not, and was happy with his 'last football responsibility' taking place at his club best and fairest awards night.
'It was my supporters, my members, at that event, and you know it was a very safe environment for me to go to and give my send-off to the people that mattered,' he said.
Goodes also revealed he will spend the next two months overseas before returning to Australia to continue his fight against racism and domestic violence, and in support of constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians.
The final few seasons of Goodes remarkable AFL career were marred by racist abuse and booing from fans
The Sydney champion enjoyed a stellar 16-year AFL career, playing 378 games and winning two Brownlow Medals and three premierships
The Sydney champion enjoyed a stellar 16-year AFL career, playing 378 games and winning two Brownlow Medals and three premierships.
Unfortunately, his final few seasons were marred by racist taunts and abuse, which stemmed from an incident in 2013 when Goodes pointed out a young fan called him an 'ape'.
Goodes, pictured during his final game against North Melbourne, became a target of abuse after he pointed out a young fan who called him an 'ape'
The champion player was criticised this year by some people for performing an Indigenous dance after kicking a goal
Earlier in 2015, the four-time All Australian was criticised by some for an Indigenous dance he performed against Carlton, with detractors saying it was aggressive and violent - due to it containing the mock throwing of a spear.
Goodes has also had a profound impact off the field, and was also named Australian of the Year in 2014.
Goodes has also had a profound impact off the field, and was also named Australian of the Year in 2014