Scary place Australia at the moment if you take the time to notice what is going on...
Absolutely spot on. You’ve got to be careful how moral you are.The AFL try to make out they have a moral conscience, yet the two biggest blots in society are alcohol abuse and gambling. They make no effort to obliterate or address these two social monsters as they’re heavily reliant on the dollars they make from them.
All the gambling ads you see at the grounds and on TV during games is disgraceful. Hypocrites!
The. aFL with their apology to Goodes has effectively labeled 10s of thousand of football supporters as Racists, the Richmond football club in adding to the apology has labeled 10s of thousands of their members as racists. Let that fact sink in, were WE supporters being racist when they were booing the white umpires? Were WE supporters being racist when WE were booing Ablett? Are the poms racist when they boo smith and Warner ? Just let these facts sink in.I'm not sure I want my footy experience homogenised. I can tune out to stupid language, I think most people can if they try. Even umpires. I respect that most people are different and have different views and I think that is what makes AFL the unique game it is to watch and support. Granted, there have been improving standards surrounding basic discriminatory rights, and that serves us all well, we learn, live and improve as human beings. But these steps are over the top.
It is interesting that someone was evicted from watching the game they love for abusing an umpire over his officiating standards (presumably) by calling him a flog, and yet we have a certain TV show on Foxtel using the same reference types as part of it's promotional material. Neither worry me, albeit I wouldn't be saying it. Would the AFL prefer more direct and accurate language be used like masterbater, ****** etc. Or perhaps we will need codes to express our deepest feelings - Umpire you are a 323! Umpire you green 587!
My message for the umpires is don't seek to have a profile, be nameless and faceless if you fear abuse. Whenever you have make a decision that comes down to appeasing one side and aggravating the other side, you will have disapproval. That won't change and most of us who do and have done it get used to the disapproval for the two hours.
The AFL's realisation of the need to apologise to Adam Goodes has in part driven this I think. They now view abuse as a Duty of Care issue.
exactly. why specifically target tigers fans? i have been to many games where oppo supporters have been yelling obsenity laced abuse at the umps all game. if they are scared that richmond supporters at the game will not be happy with the standard of umpiring then what does that suggest? that we get the rough end of the stick with umpiring?! why not fix the standard of umpiring?! it is the only code of footy I know where umps are not allowed to be questioned regarding decisions they make. in league and union the captain can question the reffing as long as it is done with respect and in soccer they are ott getting in their grill...why are afl umps protected from having to explain their decisions? I have never understood this...The AFL really needs to clarify what the line is for umpire abuse.
The term flog and maggot is very mild. If the term maggot was considered enough to be banned then I would have been banned long ago because I'd probably use that term to describe the umpires every third or fourth game I go to. I'd also imagine that a fifth of the stadium would have to be evicted as well.
With the AFL going under cover I question why they are targeting the Richmond supporters? Is it a case they know the umpires are going to favour the opposition?
And people still believe there is no Anti Richmond agendaMate, i stand at the punt road end of the ground and i can tell you that security and police numbers around our area has increased this year and there hasn't been any trouble for 4 years now.
During dreamtime we had a few bomber fans in amongst us and they were pretty rowdy but non threatening, security multiple times coming around the front telling them to stop it, us tiger fans are telling the security to take a hike as the bombers fans were doing nothing wrong.
Same match i get told off for being loud and more recently friday night as well, it really is out of control now.
EDIT: i have never been told off for being loud in the 19 years i have been in standing room until this year.