From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
Across the weekend, A-League fans were finally heard. While Football Federation Australia trumpets glitzy mottos and constantly boasts about the strength of the country’s football community, it has frustratingly failed to operate transparently and inclusively.
Western Sydney coach Tony Popovic said the team noticed the deafening silence after nearly 1000 of their vocal fans walked out of Central Coast Stadium on Sunday.
Football Federation Australia has finally caved to mounting pressure from furious A-League fans and pledged to put in place a formal appeals process for stadium bans.
Western Sydney have extended their winning streak to five games thanks to a 2-0 defeat of Central Coast on Sunday.
The Matildas recorded a win over Korea Republic on Sunday in their last hit-out before they attempt to qualify for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Summer Olympics at an upcoming Asian tournament in March.
Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s 12-year-old record has been broken.
Melbourne Victory’s active supporter group has followed through on its threat to walk out of the club’s A-League match against Adelaide United.
Melbourne have fought their way to the top of the A-League table, winning a spiteful clash with Adelaide 2-1.
A Ben Kantarovski equaliser has enabled Newcastle to jag a point from A-League leaders Brisbane in an end-to-end 1-1 draw at Hunter Stadium.
Aaron Mooy has masterminded a stunning Melbourne City success, ripping Perth Glory to shreds in a 5-1 A-League triumph.
Connecting the A-League to events in Paris is the biggest example of a crazed imagination in Australia since Bouncer’s dream sequence in Neighbours.
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Football in Australia over the last week has emanated a depressing tale, so where better to draw happiness from than the home of jogo bonito, Brazil.
Incensed Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold was so furious with refereeing decisions in his side’s goalless draw with Wellington he did not show up to his post-match press conference for fear of being fined.
Football Federation Australia has hit back at the suggestion it doesn’t offer an appeals process to banned A-League fans, inviting aggrieved supporters to prove their innocence.
Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid and Benfica became the latest teams to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League while Manchester United squandered a chance to join them on Wednesday.
Football’s head office might feel it’s stuck between a rock and a hard place in terms of trying to keep everyone onside, but right now they ought to go into bat for the football family.
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At the date of writing this, it is November the 29. That is 18 years to the day since one of the greatest disasters – and travesties – in the Socceroos’ storied history.
Hot on the heels of Rebecca Wilson’s article in The Daily Telegraph, publishing the names and faces of many people on the FFA’s banned list, fans have voiced their discontent not just towards sections of the Australian media but equally toward the FFA.
MATCH RESULT FULL TIME: Central Coast Mariners 0 – 2 Western Sydney Wanderers
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Melbourne City had their best showing of the season on Friday night, as they dominated the visiting Perth Glory in a ruthless 5-1 victory. It was a much-needed home win for City, whose play at AAMI Park has been underwhelming in recent weeks.
What a week it has been. Rebecca Wilson’s article has not only set off a wave of emotions but impacted livelihoods, as well as raising serious questions regarding privacy and a fair appeals process.
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Thirteen games into the season and already some English Premier League clubs will be feeling concerned about the position they find themselves in. One such club is Aston Villa who currently sit last on the table.
Match result: Melbourne Victory have returned to the top of the A-League ladder after a win over Adelaide United saw them leapfrog Brisbane Roar into first place.
Match result The points were shared at Hunter Stadium as the Jets and the Roar played out an entertaining draw.
There is a consensus that the A-League has stagnated recently with flat-lining crowds and TV ratings. Here’s 10 possible ideas to re-invigorate the A-League.
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Melbourne City welcome Perth Glory to AAMI Park as two struggling A-League sides look for a morale-boosting victory. Join us on The Roar from 7.40pm (AEDT) for the live scores and commentary.
With just over a third of the season gone, a catch-up of the Football League is long overdue after the previous weekly segment disappeared.
Match Result: Its was a fairly dull affair as both Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix failed to produce any meaningful penetration into the opposing box.
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The A-League has been in the spotlight this week for all the wrong reasons.
When it comes to inaccurate reporting of football in Australia, I’ve usually engaged my inner Buddha and sailed through the falsehoods and hack journalism in a tranquil state. But the tag team of Rebecca Wilson and Alan Jones are enough to knock even the most enlightened yogi off the stupa.
I’m sure most A-League fans have seen the comments made by Rebecca Wilson and Alan Jones throughout the week, and have been absolutely livid with such unexplained action against our code.
If only Simon Hill were Football Federation Australia CEO. The commentator’s passionate retort to Rebecca Wilson’s article articulated the perfect amount of distain felt by fans, supported by evidence and discussed in context.