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Haha not a moan so much – it bothers me particularly when news readers talk about the A league soccer or the ‘soccer world cup’ when the official terms are ‘FIFA football world cup’ etc.

In an environment where it’s clear which code is being discussed I much prefer football. But I am not a major stickler for it 🙂

AFC Cup zonal semi: Looking ahead to how Macarthur match up with Malaysian powerhouse

I don’t think it’s a great idea for dissent. Punishment like this does not actually address the root cause. I’d suggest solutions should probably start with

1. Addressing the abusive circus we have seen by emotional coaches, players, fans; acknowledging emotions can get out of control but there NEEDS to be a difference between what is said during the game in the heat of the moment and what occurs outside of the 90 mins;

and 2. Actually supporting the referees with further training and support; humanise them a little bit; and have a consistent bloody process for the technology and the rules they are using.

However- I think it could be a blue card alternative could be useful to crackdown on time wasting. I wonder what the reaction would be if there was the possibility of temporary removal of a player for time wasting?

Similarly, feigning injuries as time wasting — sick of players going down for 5 mins, complaining about having to leave the pitch and then screaming at the ref to let them back on immediately. Not that you can give them a card but they could be removed under the premise of ‘player welfare/injury’ and should serve a minimum time off the pitch.

Not sure what this would look like – but it’s something I think it could help remove some of the dark arts we currently see, which drives me mad. There is a difference between slowing the game down & blatant cheating to waste time. That’s something I’d like to see addressed with an extra rule.

Football's ‘blue card’ concept needs to be put in the bin as it is not the appropriate answer to addressing dissent

Still one of the best players at the tournament & probably in Asia

Rudan tight-lipped after controversial draw, Roar's revenge, Victory streak ends at 15

Haha your last sentences – legitimately think about this all the time. The Jaycar goal-line camera has a good ring to it (perhaps a nice little sponsorship)

The A-League is enjoying a purple patch and we're all the beneficiaries

Nice to see some focus on the AFC cup. Will be interesting to see how Macurther go – also particularly interested to see how they stack up against Odisha, should they do well. Interested to see what the level of Indian football is compared to ours.

Only criticism is the use of the term soccer 🙂

AFC Cup zonal semi: Looking ahead to how Macarthur match up with Malaysian powerhouse

Wilmering hardly ‘thrust’ his leg back. He was clearly trying to shield the ball from a potential clearance

Rudan tight-lipped after controversial draw, Roar's revenge, Victory streak ends at 15

I can’t see Fornaroli being picked again to be honest. Not because of his performances but I feel Arnie may start to look to the future now a little more? Who knows. Plus Borello is back so if he starts firing, there’s another option too

The A-League is enjoying a purple patch and we're all the beneficiaries

Has been a good few weeks – the most Peak A-League weekend ever with the various random events that happened. But that’s our league and I love it!
Still think it’s tainted by the actions of WSW. Russell’s yellow perhaps harsh but Hendrix definitely a red. Rudan continues to be a petulant child. If he had even the slightest bit of grace in the way he frames his complaints, he’d have the entire football community behind him, not just WSW fans who are chomping at the bit to stick it to the (APL) man. He’s got some good points but his attitude is horrendous.
And can someone get Apo Stama a Socceroos call up???

The A-League is enjoying a purple patch and we're all the beneficiaries

sounds like you just explained it 😛

But also did Adelaide need another winger? Were they going to play him at centre back?

The Roar's A-League Men tips and predictions: Round 16

Again not a glowing indictment of the strikers Australia are producing though – mens or women’s. But congrats to her!

Are we a mature enough football nation to honestly discuss the Socceroos?

Hi Shirley – Surely (there is an Airplane/Flying high joke in here somewhere) fans can’t think there is a referee bias towards Westies. Maybe from police, media, other fans – I’d concede that fact – but I think, or at least I am naive enough to think, that referees have no reason to produce bias towards certain teams.

Wanderers play victims again as Rudan launches childish, Trump-like conspiracy theories

Similar to my comment on another article… it’s petulant that a grown man can genuinely believe that referees have a vendetta against a specific team. Grow up & get over yourself. Every team has copped something. Don’t have to agree, don’t have to praise the referees, but insinuating bias confuses me – what reason would a referee have to do that??? Especially at this level.

Some of the general things he said, I agree with – around cards ruining some games, people losing interest etc – but put him in the bin with the Iraqi fans who though Faghani was being biased against them vs Jordan lol.

It’s a bloody tough gig, refereeing. That being said – not being able to tell whether a goal is a goal is wild to me, in this day and age; given the technology we have for more difficult things to deliberate on.

'Stigma attached to my club': Rudan blasts refs amid major A-League controversy as Wanderers dudded in 4-3 loss

Yeah for sure. Are we surprised given the influence of betting and betting companies in sport?

I think I am perhaps a genuine well-balanced critic of football – I’m badly emotionally attached but I think I can control my emotions, or at least channel it at the TV, rather than directly to the source.

Talking about this with my extremely sport-uninterested, but very feminist partner, she thinks this is a specific example of men & boys generally not being able to regulate their emotions when something is not to their liking – I really can’t disagree with that.

Are we a mature enough football nation to honestly discuss the Socceroos?

I have so many thoughts after that match – not least the fact I was 2 minutes away from bed before Miller’s absolute brain fade. Still processing this.

But – rant incoming.

I am so, so saddened at the backlash that’s been heading the Socceroos way. LH has said here that there’s hasn’t been death threats etc towards players – but there has already. Duke, Miller have already made changes to their social media profiles to avoid some of these comments. Behich, Jones are also scapegoated. Acknowledge that fans think there are better options – but not sure fans realise that the players don’t pick themselves to play. But then, even the criticism directed at Arnie is over the top.

The emotional petulance of many – particularly on Instagram, Facebook etc – speaks to a broader issue of no accountability with comments & a complete emotional immaturity of men, really, to regulate their reactions to an unwanted outcome. I’ve read a lot regarding comments being related to failed bets etc and that will always happen & a different argument. My cousin’s partner is the Socceroos player manager – and he is astonished at the vitriol the players receive from fans just for representing their nation. Yes, of course it happens everywhere. Doesn’t make it OK. Poor Miller probably hasn’t slept in 3 days – ditto Duke. Yes they both were partly responsible. But it’s so, so sad that fans cannot tempter their reactions.

Football is an emotional game, a game of moments, but no one – NO ONE – deserves to be personally victimised, abused & insulted. Fans need to grow up. It’s just a game, in the end.

I think a lot of us on the Roar are nuanced in our discussions – we know the shortcomings of our nations and accept it (for the most part) but it’s reflective of it being an older crowd here. Just shocked at other outlets that have fans suggesting Miller needs to be thrown off a bridge, or shouldn’t be anywhere near the NT again – same people were clamouring for him one match ago.

Kruse copped the same thing, years ago. Fans for some reason need a scapegoat.

I’m glad I can have a grown up conversation here – otherwise I’d go mad with the immaturity on other social media forums.

On the performance – we were close – but that’s bloody football. Son is elite and won it off his own bat. There should be a post mortem of course, but I am not surprised quarter finals is where we stopped. On to the best one.

Go the Socceroos. Rant over

Are we a mature enough football nation to honestly discuss the Socceroos?

I’m sure I read it was a loan deal? At least I don’t think it’s a long deal – only until the end of the season.

Adelaide United keeper Premier League bound after monster Aston Villa transfer deal

Congrats to Gauci – will mean a significant reduction in his playtime though. Doesn’t seem like AV fans are big on Olsen as their back up so hopefully Gauci can make the bench at least at take his opportunity when it comes – and learn from the pros in front of him

I’ve also heard that there’s a potential move for Hrustic back to the Netherlands – which would be a good move that hopefully results in some game time.

Adelaide United keeper Premier League bound after monster Aston Villa transfer deal

Hey Kirk, thanks for this. Assuming you’ll get a bunch of men who disagree with you and are still stuck in the 19th century (seems you’ve already attracted one on both your articles) – but writing about issues like this are just as important as writing about the actual game.

Sport is a great vehicle to discuss issues of sexism, racism etc – these issues are not ‘political’ as these same men may call them – they are issues of human rights and basic human decency. I am reminded of when Salah started performing for Liverpool, racism towards Muslim men in the city reduced (this is purely from memory – don’t have the source on me).

Not sure why men get so worked up about women commenting on sports. As Chris says – bad commentators can be male or female, just as good ones can. You don’t have to like any or all of them and that’s fine, life is tough and sometimes you have to listen to things you don’t like.

Barton has always been a lunatic so at least he’s being true to form here.

Ex-England player's harmful comments prove sexism in football is still rampant

Grem, No Mates, as a podiatrist myself having worked in high risk diabetic environments – can empathise with you both. It’s a tough battle. Hopefully you’ve got some good clinicians around you. Keep those toes as long as you can!

The Socceroos aren't the only 'favourite' battling their way through the Asian Cup... It's a bloody hard tournament

Yeah same for me. Reddit & other social media outlets

The Socceroos aren't the only 'favourite' battling their way through the Asian Cup... It's a bloody hard tournament

May as well play Yengi on that wing then!

The Socceroos aren't the only 'favourite' battling their way through the Asian Cup... It's a bloody hard tournament

You’re normally pretty on point with your insights BT but Miller as a RB on the LW, purely for long throws, is a strange thing to suggest.

The Socceroos aren't the only 'favourite' battling their way through the Asian Cup... It's a bloody hard tournament

Imagine Behich (and City) is getting some $$, and also I think Al Nassr need some Asian players for the ACL.

The Socceroos aren't the only 'favourite' battling their way through the Asian Cup... It's a bloody hard tournament

Same thing applies to those taking their shirts off Ad. They’re not time wasting but (for whatever reason) it’s not allowed.

He over-celebrated & was also being actively inflammatory. I’m no ref, and I agree it’s a tad harsh, but if I was on a card I wouldn’t be doing anything to give the ref an excuse

Football Australia speak out for locally-based referee after controversial Asian Cup red card triggers horrendous online abuse

I think Socceroos are treated pretty badly by fans – esp those who have no care for the Australian game or prefer to actively insult it (I don’t understand it – how football fans can get so invested in clubs on the other side of the world and not care about those that grew up in our backyards). I think the proper fans genuinely care & complain out of love for the team – i.e. we will complain, but always watch & support.

Otherwise I think the second half of your comment is very fair. As indiviuals I don’t love the current Socceroos any less than I did the other generations – and they’ve achieved similar feats to the golden gen, maybe even surpassed – but purely on talent, they’re not close to them. Hence your last sentence. They’ve squeezed out pretty good results considering how rapid the rest of Asia is improving and how slowly we are.

The Socceroos aren't the only 'favourite' battling their way through the Asian Cup... It's a bloody hard tournament

While we’re talking transfer news… How’s Behich going on loan to Al-Nassr for the rest of the season? So strange

The Socceroos aren't the only 'favourite' battling their way through the Asian Cup... It's a bloody hard tournament

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