The AFL has lost sight of what it is. It is the governing body of a sporting competition, however they have become this politically correct, holier than thou moral arbiter for every issue in society, to the point now where they are now sending out plain clothed spies to sit on the crowd to listen to what fans have to say. I got no problem with watching out for violence in the crowd, however kicking people out for calling an umpire a “bald-headed flog” (which IMO is fair comment given who he was referring to) is PC gone mad. Their contempt for supporters is a disgrace. What next? Take a moral stance against eating meat, so they replace Four’n’Twenty pies with some ■■■■■■ tofu substitute?
To be honest this is a reflection of Australia losing its way in general. Pandering to minorities, lacking any form of common sense or sense of humour, preaching “equality” and “freedom of speech” yet when people have a contrary opinion they get shamed and ridiculed. It’s what to expect in the years to come if and when the looney left take over…
Perhaps, AFL dictator, Gil Jong Un, is secretly planning to introduce pens & segregate fans like in English soccer. Will ruin the game for good if that happens. Being able to mingle with opposition fans is part of the fun. But, they need to leave the fans to let off steam. Once they try & control it, they create increased angst & it just makes it worse.
Booing & yelling at umps is a part of footy. This isn’t tennis. Drunken yobbos who go over the top & try & incite violence need to be dealt with, but not those fans calling umps flogs or being animated at games. The AFL have gone way too far & it is getting worse.
Gil Jong Un - needs to go, along with his cronies.
Whilst I agree with what you’re on about, I don’t see how calling someone a bald headed flog is a reflection on society. I have no problems with freedom of speech and freedom to protest, however that does not include being able to say what you want, when you want without carrying any consequences for your actions.
For me, I’ve never really felt threatened at a footy match. The worst has probably been during the drugs saga when if any opposition supporter said a word about us being cheats, a riot would have occurred.
I actually think that ‘social media’ and ‘online bullying’ (towards fans and players) that occurs on twitter is a far bigger issue.
Half the crap that people spurt on twitter wouldn’t be said face to face to anyone in the 80s. And if it was, they’d be taking an ambulance trip to the hospital. This is slowly finding it’s way into sporting crowds and I hope it doesn’t break out into something we don’t want to see in the sport.
Just missed adding in that it’s all the fault of Dill that runs it, and the idiot boys club sychophants he hires.
This genie seems way out of the bottle now, and I actually love it - every oppo supporter who moans to me about the shitcarnts that run the game, og boy do I laugh in their face with a big I told you so.