A legion of footy fans have, for some unknown reason, begrudged the fact that a fellow footy fan was given an opportunity to sit in on an AFL rules briefing. While news broke yesterday claiming that passionate Richmond fan Waleed Aly was “advising” the AFL on potential rule changes for next season, Aly himself took to radio almost immediately to correct the story, saying he had merely scored himself an invite into an AFL briefing about potential rule changes. No consulting. No advising. No story?
Despite what should’ve then been a closed case, media outlets have continued to run with the “story”, with the Herald Sun apparently so confused they still had two stories right next to each other on their homepage as late at 12.30pm today: one condemning the instant public dismissal of Aly’s involvement, and another predictably inflammatory article from Rita Panahi questioning the AFL’s decision making. Under what ground Panahi based her argument we’ll leave for those still willing to pay money to peer behind the paywall.
Forgetting for a moment that Aly’s attendance at the AFL briefing, alongside a bunch of other journalists mind you, is pretty much what every footy fan would want to be privy to themselves, we wonder why so many people were so quick to dismiss his opportunity? And why were none of the other journalists in attendance mentioned in any of the reporting about the briefing sessions? And, if they were, would they have copped the outrage of the masses? Intriguing.