In news that certainly surprised him, Russell Crowe and his (frankly, adorable) pup QueBlue were turned away from a rugby league game, despite Crowe’s celebrity status.
The reason? Dogs were not allowed, and no exceptions even for cute pups visiting all the way from the bush!
Crowe is a huge supporter of the league, and has contributed millions to his beloved sport, not to mention the fact he is a co-owner of the South Sydney Rabbitohs, but none of it made a difference when he attempted to gain entry to Mascot oval to watch a juniors game last weekend, after travelling from his Coffs Harbour farm.
The Daily Telegraph reported that Crowe was turned away by a “stern female official” at the oval’s entrance because of his canine companion.
The 53-year-old Oscar winner was reportedly less than impressed when another dog owner was allowed to enter – by the same official! – after saying that her poodle was a team mascot.
Luckily, a friend came to the rescue, pup-sitting while Crowe went in to watch the game.
“The pup is just a bit young to leave by himself in a car,” Crowe said.
“I prefer my upholstery without bite marks.
“He lives up in Coffs and is only visiting the state capital.
“Not a nice way to treat visitors from the bush.
“Besides, he’s a Blue Heeler.
“Shouldn’t that be revered in this state? Especially in league circles. That might be the NSW Blues team woes explained right there.”