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Mike Tuckerman

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I have a Lawrence Arms tattoo. True story.

Should the FFA really have been criticised that much for their matchday music suggestion?

Have heard FFA are dismayed by the reaction to this idea. I don’t think it’s going to happen.

Music during play at A-League games is the FFA's worst idea yet

I’m getting paragraph spaces on Chrome at my end.

Music during play at A-League games is the FFA's worst idea yet

I don’t have a problem with fan zones either, and we’ll wait and see what these controlled flares are. At least they’re trying some new ideas, even if it’s pretty clear they don’t trust fans to create their own atmosphere.

The problem is, once again, that the whole music thing (O’Rourke used the phrase “in-game entertainment”) is so spectacularly tone deaf and ill-conceived that it automatically makes people question the FFA’s competence.

Music during play at A-League games is the FFA's worst idea yet

Where’s the ‘like’ button on this thing?

Music during play at A-League games is the FFA's worst idea yet

I think I might print this out and frame this and chuck it up above my work desk.

Is it the media's responsibility to only report good news stories?

I think it might actually be you who needs to work on your comprehension skills, mattq, since this is hardly the first time you’ve struggled to follow a nonlinear narrative.

Just for the record I always start with a central theme, introduce some new ideas midway through the column, then try to tie it back to that first central theme. Hope this helps.

Is it the media's responsibility to only report good news stories?

Great read, Paul.

Mothering the Matildas: The trailblazers who kickstarted Australian women's football

I looked it up. (I didn’t even know you could get email notifications on comments!)

Getting politicians onside is all just part of the game

I’m sure the guys will have taken all of this feedback on board. But, to be fair, both Spiro and Geoff Parkes generated a few hundred comments between them yesterday.

I know not everyone likes change, but as with everything, the Football tab is simply what we make of it.

Getting politicians onside is all just part of the game

Is it just the email notifications that are different? I haven’t noticed a whole lot of difference, other than fewer readers commenting.

I definitely think the site needed a refresh. I’m sure the numbers will be back up once the A-League season draws nearer.

Getting politicians onside is all just part of the game

Indeed.

What is the point of the National Premier Leagues?

I suspect you have missed the point.

I’m not asking why South Hobart FC exist – a club whose president acted as the spokesperson for Tasmania’s A-League expansion bid, suggesting there’s actually plenty of appetite for “higher level” football on the Apple Isle – I’m asking what the point of the National Premier Leagues is.

And again, I’m not talking about Jordan Murray’s quality as a player. I’m suggesting that if the purpose of the National Premier Leagues is to act as a pathway to professional football, then wouldn’t it stand to reason that clubs at least play on the same surface as A-League teams?

But they don’t – because no one is quite sure what the main purpose of NPL-level football is. Ergo, what is the point of the National Premier Leagues?

What is the point of the National Premier Leagues?

I’m digging the new look.

Our next iteration of football needs to be much more inclusive

The reality is many of the complaints are fully justified.

Let’s use Greenberg and McLachlan as examples. They’re each paid millions in executive salaries to run the NRL and AFL respectively. Yet this has been a disastrous week for both competitions.

And where both executives might have been expected to demonstrate some leadership given the damning headlines swirling around their competitions, they have instead exacerbated the problems with a series of baffling statements. Instead of solving problems, the highly-paid execs in charge are the ones creating them.

Where’s the accountability? What happens to Greenberg and McLachlan when it’s them making the mistakes? Why are they being paid so much money to make such elementary errors? Who holds them to account?

The reality is that without the media reporting on these issues, and fostering debate among fans, there’d be a lot more mistakes with even bigger ramifications. So there’s nothing wrong with voicing one’s unhappiness, in my opinion, when most of the time it’s completely justified.

The FFA Cup is back, and it's the best thing about football right now

I have to be honest and point out there’s a big part of me that thinks Bolt won’t get anywhere near a Mariners contract, let alone an actual football.

I’m cautious of the constant stream of sugar hits, but the problem is that simply relying on football fundamentals – like the Mariners have done in the past – isn’t getting fans through the gate. There are myriad reasons for that, but this season more than any other the A-League needs a circuit breaker, so I think we have to be willing to try some new ideas instead of just standing idly by while clubs circle the drain.

We can't demand more A-League marketing then complain when we get it

I have to say I was really impressed by Paul Pogba this World Cup. He offered so much more than he usually does in a Manchester United jersey.

World Cup team of the tournament: The best XI from Russia 2018

Not his finest hour. He was carrying a hamstring injury.

France are world champions, but all the headlines are about VAR

I had wondered what Martin Tyler’s commentary might have been like had England made the final.

France are world champions, but all the headlines are about VAR

Precisely. They should have adopted goal line technology and left it at that.

France are world champions, but all the headlines are about VAR

No wilder than the notion that several FIFA executives would be up on racketeering charges, I would have thought.

France are world champions, but all the headlines are about VAR

I know VAR wasn’t used for free-kicks – that’s entirely my point. It’s used to adjudicate on subjective decisions in one part of the pitch, but not used in another.

And I’m pretty sure there was plenty of conjecture about penalty decisions throughout the tournament. I myself labelled Australia’s penalty against Denmark “ironic”.

France are world champions, but all the headlines are about VAR

Indeed, and I think Kurt mentioned that too way back in the first comment. Can’t imagine they’re in for a particularly fun rest of the summer.

France are world champions, but all the headlines are about VAR

No sour grapes on my end – I just call it as I see it.

Great response from JamesH, and there’s plenty I agree with. However, the complexion of the game changed thanks to two controversial refereeing decisions that both went against Croatia, both of which France scored from. That they were contentious decisions is amply illustrated by the fact that there’s been no clear consensus around them today.

So to suggest that France easily dominated the match thereafter is being a little bit disingenuous. They’d want to, having just been gifted two goals in a World Cup Final.

I don’t doubt that France always had another gear to slide into. And I don’t think either of the two pivotal decisions that went against Croatia were easy ones to make. But it would have been interesting to see what sort of a final it would have transformed into had the VAR decision not gone France’s way.

France are world champions, but all the headlines are about VAR

Don’t think he’s ever fully recovered from Kaiserslautern.

Zlatko Dalic is a beacon of pride for Asia