There are many involved in football who have not wanted to believe that today’s administrators in Australia want to not only muzzle the press but also control what the clubs and players under its control say.
The Football Media Association was created in part to try and improve relations between the game’s governing body and the footballing press. Is there another sport who has felt the need to create such a specialist body?
Not The Footy Show has been accused along with other members of the media of ‘sniping’ at the FFA or Football West, as both bodies do not like criticism. Frequently the administrators fail to give the football fans and players, clubs and coaches the truth, and either opt to say nothing or simply send out propaganda. Case in point following the 6-0 drubbing by France the FFA failed to send out its customary post match report. As one club official stated at a recent forum, ‘communism is alive and well in football in Australia.’
If more proof were needed as to the controlling aspect of the football authorities in Australia it is the overnight modifying of Socceroo Tim Cahill’s tweet in support of sacked coach Holger Osieck.
One can understand that it is embarrassing to the FFA that a senior player such as Tim Cahill should publicly come out in support of the national manager, but surely he is allowed to air his opinion? That fact that Cahill has supported Osieck after what can only be classed as an ‘up and down’ relationship, shows the measure of Cahill, a man who can put differences behind him.
The truth is this censorship has to stop. The PFA needs to stand up now and speak for its members. Players, coaches and the media should be free to say what they think, and not face fines, threats or other punishment. Football has always been a game of opinions and if you kill that you will slowly throttle the game.
If those administering the game are so paranoid about what is being said or so vain that they cannot bear to have people airing differences of opinion, then maybe they are in the wrong jobs.
Football is a game for the people and it is a game that stirs up passion. That passion cannot be controlled, no matter how much you try. Apart from the beauty of the game itself one of the things that makes it great is the loyalty of fans and players, to their clubs, their players and their coaches.
This censorship must stop.