The A-League needs some outside perspective

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With more fan protests set for the weekend, it may be a while yet until A-League supporters and administrators are on rosy terms again.

Fans were left angered this week by FFA CEO David Gallop taking his sweet time responding to the issues before ultimately having to settle for a meek retort.

Football in Australia has come under scrutiny from a lot of voices outside the game recently. But is it time we used some of that outside perspective to try and solve the problems faced by the A-League? Let’s see what tips they had.

Change the rules

Rugby union has had great success in changing small laws to make the game more fluid and free-flowing. ‘Chris’ had a suggestion to switch things up in his letter to the Herald Sun that could not only make the game better but reduce crowd rowdiness:

“I say scrap the offside rule. The game’s boring to watch because of the lack of scoring, so fans have too much time on their hands, therefore they feel the need to taunt each other in between goals and light fires.”

Nothing too major then. I’ve got an inside scoop on Chris’ next idea. The goalkeeper won’t be the only one allowed to pick up the ball with his hands. Revolutionary.

Be more like the AFL

Surely we should be following the example of Australia’s game – AFL. As another writer into the Herald shared:

“If it continues then fans really need to ask themselves, is this what we want in Australia? Huge crowds at AFL games don’t attract this type of behaviour.”

Just aside from that bloke who was just jailed for eight months for punching a female fan square in the face in September. Or the embarrassing way AFL crowds treated Adam Goodes. Why didn’t the A-League think of using them as a role model sooner? The mind boggles.

“Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists”

Now quoting George W. Bush may seem a little out of context but he’d actually fit in pretty well with Rebecca Wilson, Alan Jones, Ray Hadley and co. Susie O’Brien has now joined the party to add to the number of respected and reasonable voices lending their view.

So if you’re choosing to protest this weekend in support of your fellow fans who are advocating for a transparent and fair banning and appeals process, you might as well be a #SuburbanTerrorist yourself. These planned protests are actually a great thing as the game can root out all the sympathizers in one weekend.

 

Football desperately needs to change if it’s to continue being ‘the beautiful game’ and these changes, well, they’ll make a good start.

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Lochy McIvor
Brisbane Roar and Tottenham Hotspur supporter. Jesus would have played in the hole. Follow me at @lochymci

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