The Moot Point – Cavallo and referees in the spotlight

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Back in October, my colleague Oscar Rutherford here at The Football Sack wrote a beautiful piece about Adelaide United defender Josh Cavallo.

It’s a magnificent article that is well worth reading but unfortunately it needed to be read by some of the so-called fans of Melbourne Victory.

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The recent events that allegedly occurred when Adelaide United played Melbourne Victory have been met with a swift response from the Australian Professional Leagues, as the code’s governing body, and from the Melbourne Victory club itself.

The APL promised sanctions for those found guilty of the “harmful behaviour” which is great but more education is also needed. Cavallo himself said he had “no words” to describe his disappointment at receiving abuse from the crowd and on Instagram.

The whole episode shows just how low some people will go to be spiteful. This type of behaviour doesn’t reflect football in any way, shape or form. The game’s governing body and the club are to be commended for their quick response in condemning such appalling behaviour.

However, the biggest applause goes to Josh Cavallo himself who could have easily pretended that he didn’t hear a thing. Instead he rightfully called it out and, to you Josh, I take my hat off.

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Real nice?

The A-League anthem? I know I am old and grew up loving Tina Turner’s Simply The Best many moons ago when it was used in rugby league circles, but can someone please explain this one to me?

The video clip of the anthem Real Nice (H.C.T.F) is very fancy and I am sure Young Franco, Tkay Maidza and Nerve are fine recording artists but I am not too sure if this one has the cut-through required. That’s the marketing cut-through that’s needed in this crowded sporting landscape.

I am reliably told that it is a very popular song on Triple J and I really do hope that it sticks in our heads and resonates with the right audience. That audience is the younger audience of course, the ones like my own children who will obsess over the English Premier League or basketball’s NBA but would hardly be able to name six teams in the A League. Anyway, please have a listen and I would love to know what you think too.

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Deserved praise for referees

I was so pleased to read a communiqué from Football Australia about 28 Australian Match Officials who have been appointed to FIFA’s Panel of International Referees for 2022.

And I quote Football Australia Chairman Chris Nikou on the issue: “Australian match officials have always been highly regarded within the global football landscape and it is pleasing to see that FIFA has continued to recognise this through the appointment of 28 Australians to the Panel of International Referees for 2022.”

Your Honour, I absolutely endorse what that man has just said!

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I don’t know all 28 of them but I do know that they have all done the hard yards over the years. For about 15 years now I have had the pleasure of reporting for Football NSW and have met many of these wonderful officials after the matches in the NSW Premier League.

We, the pesky reporters, are always looking for them to confirm things after the match such as who scored, at what time exactly did they score, which subs came on etc. and always, without fail, they provide the details without ever hinting that we should do our own work more accurately. I congratulate all 28 of them. We truly have some of the best referees and assistant referees in the world right here in our very own backyard.

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Joe Russo
Joe Russo
Joe is a football supporter who accidentally fell into covering the great game. When he grew up it was called soccer but accepts the modern reality of football. After annoying editors, he was finally given the opportunity of contributing to the famous old paper Australian & British Soccer Weekly where he remained for 12 years. The rest as they say is history; Joe has featured on radio programs, websites, match day programs and Italian language publications covering the sport he loves. And, a quarter of a century later, he continues to chase the dream.

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