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Australia football violence: ‘It was really sad’ says Francis Awaritefe

Australia football violence: ‘It was really sad’ says Francis Awaritefe

Australia football violence: ‘It was really sad’ says Francis Awaritefe

Australia football violence: ‘It was really sad’ says Francis Awaritefe

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  • Australian football has been rocked this week.
  • Both groups of supporters were throwing flares onto the playing field.
  • “What happened on Saturday night was horrible” said James Johnson.

Following violence at a rivalry game between two of its largest teams, Australian football has been rocked this week.

Goalkeeper Thomas Glover of Melbourne City was allegedly attacked with a metal bucket during a Saturday field invasion, leaving him with blood flowing down his face.

The warm light of Australia’s valiant World Cup campaign, in which the Socceroos advanced to the round of 16, had vanished in a few frenzied seconds.

“It was simply disgusting. I was horrified “According to Professional Footballers Australia’s chair, Francis Awaritefe. “After the highs of the World Cup, where the Australian team did so well and united the nation, it was simply incredibly sad,” the speaker said.

The grand finals of the national men’s and women’s leagues, which had begun as a fan protest over the decision to break with tradition and move to Sydney, turned into an uncontrollable fight at AAMI Park as Melbourne Victory played rivals Melbourne City. The game was called off, and the inquest got under way right away.

James Johnson, the head of Football Australia, the governing body, said, “What we all witnessed on Saturday night can only be defined as horrible and conduct that is not consistent with the ideals of Australian football nor the aspirations of our society.”

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Both groups of supporters were throwing flares onto the playing field. When City goalkeeper Glover picked up a flare from the ground and flung it back into the crowd of Victory’s most ardent supporters, the situation seemed to get worse.

The craze seems to be sparked by it. In a wave of disturbance that has rarely, if ever, been witnessed at an Australian football game, dozens of individuals spilled onto the ground. Additionally hurt were a TV camera operator, two security guards, and referee Alex King who was also hit by a bucket. There have already been arrests, and more may come.

Mr. Awaritefe asserts that “the game cannot attempt to twist its way out of this.” “We must vehemently reject any fringe elements that attempt to affix themselves to the game. After that, we must employ law enforcement to remove these individuals.”

Craig Foster, a former Socceroo, claimed on Australian television that the sport’s standing had been damaged.

It’s a moment that follows an amazing month for the game, he said, and it’s humiliating and embarrassing.

“It’s been on such a high; literally millions of supporters have gathered to see the Socceroos in live venues around the nation, and that sense of community and solidarity was breathtaking. Then to view this is like briefly transitioning from heaven to hell.”

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Soccer Australia is looking at a pitch invasion.
Damage control has been applied to the game, but nobody is certain of the potential long-term effects. Sanctions have been imposed on Melbourne Victory as a result of the actions of some of its supporters. The club could get a punishment, lose competition points, or be required to play games in secret.

Despite the unmatched participation of girls, boys, and adults in football in Australia, the sport behind Australian Rules football, cricket, and the rugby codes at the elite level.

Australians may argue that they have never truly embraced their national football competition.

The National Soccer League was succeeded by the A-League, which began play in 2005. There are 12 teams, 11 of which are from Australia and one from New Zealand.

To avoid scheduling conflicts with the majority of the other heavyweights, it is played in the summer, but average attendance is well below 10,000. The events of Saturday in Melbourne might fuel more discontent among the populace.

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“The A-League has been losing ground for some time. Despite being the sport with the highest participation rate here, the game was having some difficulties before the World Cup “said Simon Cox, the club’s president. North Sydney United is a thriving amateur organisation with 1,700 participants.

According to him, the violence was a flashback to the bad old days when football in Australia was divided along racial lines drawn by immigrant communities that had brought their sporting rivalries from Europe.

“It not only brings back memories for those who watched the previous National Soccer League and its tribalism, which caused outbursts of terrible behaviour, but it also represents behaviour we believed we had outgrown. However, it appears to be rearing its ugly head once more “Cox stated. The A-League needs families to attend games, but this won’t inspire them to do so.

However, Australia will have the chance to demonstrate its love and enthusiasm for the game the next year.

It co-hosts the Women’s World Cup with New Zealand in July and August of 2023.

Australia’s Matildas, the national squad that stars Sam Kerr, will long for the kind of success that the Lionesses of England experienced at the 2018 European Championships.

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Former Socceroo Mr. Awaritefe stated, “The Matildas in terms of their image and women’s football generally is enormously on the up here.”

“Hopefully, that will help to heal some of the wounds that we have sustained in the last few days due to the atrocious behaviour of a few,” the speaker said.

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