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The biggest effort I remember of this kind of thing working, was the "nice Gary" for Lyon in the Boxing day test. They had a FB event and people spreading the word on the day. I would hazard a guess about 8k got involved. Sounded great. 8k making no noise is a less impressive feat. I would bs surprised if more than 10% of football goers are on BF/active FB groups so the outrage here may just be the vocal minority.It's more than BF, 100s of facebook groups think the same. The reach would be surprising i think.
Again, I dont know about you, But South Australia isnt as primitive as you think.Are you a long drop connoisseur?
Both definitions denote loudness. Makes it all the more nonsensical that the powers that be are telling people to barrack quietly.
Can’t catch Cousins doped to the eyeballs.Integrity Unit spies & spotters, eh?
I kid you not, I went to a game in the SANFL finals 2-3 years ago, It was definitely a souths game as they are my side, Against sturt. One of my fellow south Adelaide mates, who is also a freo supporter, got kicked out for calling an umpire a pea nut.Welcome to the AFL
Where you can't tackle in the little league
Where there is no "winner" in some little league competitions
Where you are frowned upon for booing flog players
And don't you dare ever insult an umpires intelligence, that's a nelly no no
love your workI have been told to tone down my barracking twice in the last three weeks, i had no such issue's in the preceding 18 years in my area at the MCG and i haven't changed the way i barrack in that time and i won't be changing because these PC clowns want silence.
I will not be muzzled.
Bastardization of the AFL mate. No doubt about it.“I’ve been abused in my workplace and you’ve done nothing about it. I’ve now got mental health issues and my situation has lead to a deterioration of my family life. My union will be in touch. ”
It was really only a matter of time before the AFL started cracking down on this sort of thing when you think about it.
Absolutely spot on with every word.I think Gil is forgetting that footy is more than a game.
Its theatre too. The tribalism. The barracking. The booing. Its akin to a pantomime. Theres three teams out there. Yours, theirs and the umps.
Now, nobody condones threats of violence, or racist epithets or vile descriptors but harmless gibes have to be permitted.
Where do you draw the line? Is "you idiot" a term worthy of being ejected from the footy?
A common sense approach has to be applied. If the language is of a vile or violent nature then sure, throw em out. AFL once asked umpires to make all sorts of judgement calls on iffy decisions because they empowered them with the ability to size things up and make a decision based on the circumstances presented in front of them. Now we have rules which are ridiculously trying to be concise and cover all angles which are clearly backfiring cos they offer no leeway and they have taken the ability to be judicious away from the umps. Causing further crowd irateness.
I dont blame the umps at all. They have been given a clear edict to follow and toe the AFL's line.
As a governing body of a sport they are woefully immature, insecure and reactive.
And so childishly feeling the need to show society how "progressive" they are when the exact opposite is true.
Then taking customer complaint calls is probably not the career for them, just as if you're an umpire you know you're gonna cop some criticism from time to time. Two wrongs or rights is irrelevant.Two wrongs don't make a right.
As someone who works in customer service, I can say that I've seen employees hurt by customer comments, it affects the way they work, their mental health, and can impact the way they go about their life. This type of bullying should be heavily discouraged on all ranges of jobs.