Hallelujah! Footy is saved!!!
That headline says a lot about how the Herald Sun, and I expect lots of mainstream media are covering the story. Great outcome for all concerned? This may mean that the FFA can go to FIFA and say that everyone now had come to an agreement and Australia can have a great World Cup?
No. The issue here is that ‘our’ footy is ‘saved’ from an evil external threat. No hiding it really, even the headline on the online version of the article says ‘Footy saved from World Cup threat‘
This is not an ‘smell the fear’ argument. The AFL is perfectly entitled as a business to ensure that its interests are safeguarded and they would be remiss if they didn’t do so.
What I find annoying is the coverage of the Herald Sun, that instead of looking at the positive aspect of how this arrangement could potentially help the bid, and how great it would be to have the biggest sporting event in the world it went for the ‘world cup as a threat to our footy’ line.
Some of you may dismiss the Herald Sun as a bogon newspaper. However I would say that the HS is still one of the most popular paper in Australia, and the fact that they feel that they have to pander to this ‘football as alien threat’ line is very disappointing.