Friday, October 24, 2008

Frank Farina's fine...

... for speaking the bleeding obvious is the last straw for this new fan.

The A-League is a fucking ridiculous competition, and I'm over it. Hell, it might keep me if it was actually brilliant football, but it's not. If it's not completely corrupt it might as well be and inevitably will be with a bunch of billionares running around with very high stakes, no transparency and institutional protection from anyone - even the coaches - criticising decisions.

Sorry it's a fucking joke. If there's any transparency it is transparent that this league is a fucking joke.


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Anonymous Neil said...


Don't be so downhearted. Fines for coaches criticising the league is pretty standard around the world and in Australia. Farina knew he was going to get fined, but he knew it needed it to be said, along with most fans. Its the only way, the FFA will realise that the standard of referees in this country is poor.


October 26, 2008 1:05 pm  
Blogger Cecilia said...

The A-League is inconsistent. There are a fair number of abysmal matches, but occasionally some excellent matches come through. Unfortunately the only way that it will get better is for people to keep supporting the sport and letting it grow.

The refs are awful. Today we had Breeze again. And it's awful to think that he is the best we have. Much like the players, we just need to wait for the young ones to come through. That being said, I have a personal vendetta against one of the refs on the youth league panel (I will never forgive him for letting an opposition player completely take me out - when I had the ball in my hands - and then calling a drop ball). But he apparently had a shocking first game in the middle so hopefully we'll never see him again.

But one of the other refs I'm a fan of. Never mind in one of his first matches he overtook me on the field and made speeding car noises every time he did that. >.<

It's hard when your team seems to cop a lot, but you just have to hang in and weather the storm.


October 31, 2008 9:23 pm  
Blogger Hamish said...

Thanks Neil and Cecilia. That the lack of transparency is standard around the world only exacerbates my frustration however. Italian soccer survived a major corruption scandal, but the A-League simply couldn't. I'm not saying it's corrupt, just that it could be, to an extraordinary extent, without anyone knowing or being able to investigate. That is very dangerous.

But I love soccer, and like billions of other fans around the world, I guess I'm stuck with what I can get.

November 02, 2008 12:42 pm  
Anonymous Guido said...

I have noticed Hamish that your enthusiasm for Australian football has been waning for some time.

The reason being that the posts in this blogs are becoming fewer.

It would be a shame if you gave up following the A-League.

Maybe as a new fan you haven't experienced the dark days of the latter years of the NSL which were much worse in many respects.

The A-League is the epitome of a well run championship in comparison.

regarding the standard of football I always say that of course it can't be compared to an EPL or Lega.

But I think that it shows a love for the sport itself if you follow it whatever level. Many people in Italy I know prefer following a Serie C side, even if the football is not as good as Serie A.

November 10, 2008 4:49 pm  
Blogger Dane said...

Chin up Hamish, that's football. Be there for the lows and the highs will be that much sweeter.

I know I am not as active blogging these days but my passion for the game has not slipped at all. I still go to all games but have taken more of a fun view rather than that of the analyst.

I too love the 'alternate' views that bloggers bring. Keep it up mate!

November 16, 2008 3:50 pm  
Anonymous wes said...

Hamish, I also think that the players do not make it any easier for the referees.

I think over time the referees will come good.

Whilst I watch most of the European leagues on TV the thing I like about the A-League is that it offers us good alternative live football with a real football atmosphere esp, at the Dome.

November 17, 2008 9:27 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Understand what you are referring to Hamish with the "no institutional" protection part.

This affects the fans as well, as well as the FFA bullying the Coaches (except Kosmina) like Van Egmond for every little politically incorrect discretion, they also try to bully the fans, they imply the fans are of bad character every time there is an incident blown out of proportion, and they even accuse fans of being anti social thugs in their desire to use the Eureka Flag at games when the fans have the temerity to challenge stupid FFA policy

Event he A League clubs have to be practical replicas of eachother

There is no transparency, FFA wants to run the game like authoritarian dictators and the notion of them having a thing called "duty" to the constitutents of the football fraternity doesen't really seem to have entered their mind

Just after the 5th anniversary, FFA have done a fantastic job in many areas and it is refreshingly great that we have some professionally competent administrators but there are also some problems bubbling below the surface with the football community that would be for football and the A Leagues long term detriment


December 04, 2008 3:36 pm  

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