The subject of how the mainstream media, especially the populist one treats Association Football has been a continual subject of this blog. Now we have such a blatant example of bias that we could call it a smoking gun.
Last Friday during the Carlton – Collingwood match a fan was bashed when he confronted a group of five men who he said were hurling abuse at two elderly ladies. The story is here. He had to go to hospital. I don’t recall the story to being given any prominence in the online version of the Herald-Sun. So much so it didn’t attract any comments.
Today there was a story about a group of people attacking security guards at a Victorian Premiership match between Heidelberg United and Melbourne Knights at the Olympic Reserve in Heidelberg West. This story is in the front page of the online version of the paper, attracting the inevitable ‘anti-soccer’ comments.
Where to start? In the first place the AFL match was at the highest level of the game. The match on Sunday was a Victorian match played in a reserve. It would be like placing an incident on the front website that occurred between Sandringham and Werribee.
Then look at the stories. The AFL incident is linked to alcohol.
Mr Eglezos said he blamed the encouragement of drinking as the cause of the problem.
“The crowd was rowdy and really hostile,” he said.
“I’ve been going to Carlton games for years and it appears more and more to me that Friday night matches are there to encourage drinking.
“There was nowwhere near enough security and the drinking was out of control.
That is probably true no doubt. But there wasn’t any linking between the violence and the game itself. Now look at the soccer story.
The latest incident comes just two months after a senior policeman branded soccer fans the most violent of any sporting code.
Superintendent Rod Wilson said police were reluctant to cover Melbourne Victory games after being assaulted by fans.
It’s not alcohol ITS THE FANS THEMSELVES – SOCCER FANS ARE EVIL. And of course the Herald-Sun links this totally unrelated incident to a beatup story about how ‘violent’ Melbourne Victory fans are besmirching Melbourne Victory and the A-League. By this reasoning then we should blame the AFL for a brawl at the Essendon District League on the weekend.
Have you read the truth or did you read it in the Herald-Sun?