The winner of the Sportsmart AFL sponsorship program, Michael Shmerling, provides regular blog articles on his favourite topic – football …
As a player of the last 15years and a current junior coach, I’ve seen and heard my fair share of abuse. Being apart of a Jewish football team has its costs, and sometimes they are on the wrong side of sportsmanship. But now in the 21st Century, you’d think that such behaviour wouldn’t exist as such words of hatred would have been thrown out with olden day football. Well as we have learnt through some high profile incidents this year, abuse and sledging has been taken to a whole new level, but why?
Abuse and sledging is apart of our game, no question about it, but it’s in those words that now have a new meaning and a new strength to do more damage to an individual and/or team that has made headlines. What happened to the old saying “chewy on ya boot” or “my grandma can kick this”. What ever happened to the footy sledging that was harmless and only involved in game banter.
Football abuse and banter has taken a turn for the worse in recent months with great affect on the great game. Racist and abusive taunting are ruining our game, well done to Lyndon Dunn for taking a stand and saying that it’s not on. The AFL handled it right and so have the West Coast Eagles.
Here is my message to all footballers and supporters out there,
SLEDGE RIGHT, DON’T ABUSE AND TAUNT AS KARMA WILL ALWAYS BITE BACK.