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Alex Malcolm  July 29, 2015 5:32 PM

AFL 2015 Rd 11 - North Melbourne v Sydney

Adam Goodes will remain on leave for the Swans and won't play at the SCG this Saturday

- Cook calls on Cats fans to stop the booing
- Players plan show of support for Goodes
AFL, Swans slam unacceptable boos

SYDNEY Swans champion Adam Goodes has been given more time away from the club and won't be available to face Adelaide at the SCG on Saturday.

Goodes has been absent from the club this week following yet another episode of constant booing and crowd derision last weekend.

Swans coach John Longmire said on Tuesday that two-time Brownlow medallist needed a couple of days off for his personal well-being.

On Wednesday, Swans' chief executive Andrew Ireland confirmed that Goodes needed more time off and would not be available for the clash with the Crows.

His playing future beyond this weekend remains unclear. 

The Swans will speak to the media at 9.45am AEST on Thursday – watch it live on afl.com.au

"As a club we are working with Adam and those close to him and supporting him through what is a really difficult time," Ireland said on the club's website.

"Adam is sick and tired of this behaviour. It has been happening for too long and it has taken its toll.

"We will give Adam all the time he needs. We will keep supporting him and he will return to the club whenever he is ready."

Earlier, Swans chairman Andrew Pridham said Goodes should not be forced into retirement because of the behaviour of opposition supporters.

"I think it would be a tragedy if he plays one less game in his illustrious career because of this," he told the ABC.

"It would be an absolute tragedy and we want him playing him as long as he can. He's a fantastic player and people should be celebrating him, not booing him." 

Pridham said Goodes' teammates had thrown their support behind the two-time Brownlow medallist and he was hopeful the players would not be driven to staging a walk off should the booing persist. 

"I'm confident that the players as a group are very united on this issue and will do something," he said.

"I certainly hope it's not walking off the ground. I think once the siren goes and the game starts everyone's focus is on performing at their best and winning the game and I don't think walking off is probably the greatest solution."