Melbourne Victory star Daniel Georgievksi has publicly defended the club’s fans, despite confirmation of a ‘walk out’ protest by the it’s active support on Saturday night against Adelaide United.
On Monday evening, one day after Rebecca Wilson’s Sunday Telegraph article – in which the majority of the 198 banned football fans had their photos published online – I shared some of my doubts via the @melbvictorynet Twitter account relating to some of the whispers I was hearing that supporter groups would be protesting in this weekends A-League fixtures by walking out of the ground.
Earlier this week, the privacy of Australian football fans – including many Melbourne Victory supporters – was destroyed when several prominent media outlets published the personal information of people banned under the FFA’s strict and unfair banning system.
This disgraceful inability to control confidential information – for which the FFA has a declared responsibility – represents a gross miscarriage of justice and is multiplied by the fact it is against fans who already have no avenue to appeal the banning orders against them.
Where is the justice?
Days have passed since the articles and photos were published and the FFA has done nothing to explain how the personal details of fans could be leaked and end up on the front page of a major Australian newspaper.
The FFA must be made accountable.
After days of discussions among ourselves and fellow supporter groups in Australia, the North Terrace has decided to finally make a strong stance against the FFA’s inaction – and in doing so stand side-by-side with our banned fans who have been left in the dark for far too long.
At Saturday’s home match against Adelaide United, the North Terrace will empty its area and walk out at a specific moment during the match.
This is not an attack on our players and our club. We have remained in contact with Melbourne Victory officials throughout the past few days and they are well aware our anger is not directed at them. For the time we are in the stadium, we will give our 100% support to our soldiers on the pitch.
But some things are bigger than one match of football. We cannot continue to ignore the situation where our basic rights are trodden on and our banned supporters are left in the dark.
We take this stance in unison with the RBB and other active groups, and we will continue to do so until there is a resolution.
The FFA need to take the following steps to correct this;
1. Issue a statement condemning the articles and supporting the fans.
2. Launch an investigation into how such information was leaked and present the findings to the public in a transparent manner.
3. Work out and implement an INDEPENDENT & TRANSPARENT APPEALS PROCESS, agreed upon by all parties including every active support group.
Until these steps are addressed, we will continue to take the action we deem necessary to bring these issues to light, and to ensure the rights and confidentiality of all fans is upheld.
We will be providing more information in due course on how this action will proceed.
Love Melbourne. Hate FFA.
A Sunday night edition of For Vuck’s Sake. Vince Noir joins us and the music theme is Britpop.
We discuss the CCM match, Amanda Gibson, plus Victory’s Secret and Mehmet return. We also play some audio that I grabbed from the portable microphone.
Episode 9 soundtrack
Melbourne Victory and Central Coast Mariners kick off round seven of the A-League at AAMI Park on Thursday night. Outside90.com preview tonight’s match.
Fo shizzle my nizzle. For Vuck’s Sake is joined by BWB stalwart Tunna for our Hip Hop episode. We discuss the resounding 4-2 win against SydneyFC, Daniel Bagala and preview our next match against Central Coast.
Episode 8 Soundtrack:
It was a Sydney Away to remember with a backs against the wall win. Our friends at Outside90.com captured the mood outside the stadium after the match. It’s safe to say there were one or two bitter Sydney fans.
A rivalry that extends beyond football, a history that deepens with every match played irrespective of the result.
The incidents, the characters, the trophies, the successes and failures. They call it the Big Blue because that is exactly what it is – the biggest game of the regular season and the bluest of battles. This is Sydney FC versus Melbourne Victory.
One of the centrepiece regular season fixtures, this game consistently produces the best advertisement for the A-League both on-and-off the pitch. With 35 previous meetings behind them, there is rarely a dull moment when these sides meet.
Now in season 11 of the A-League, this rivalry is still one of, if not the biggest in the competition, arguably fiercer and more bitter than these sides’ respective derbies with their city neighbours. With so many great clashes Outside90’s Marissa Lordanic looks at 10 of the very best Big Blues from seasons gone by.
This Saturday, hundreds of Melbourne fans will make the pilgrimage north to New South Wales for a taste of a Victory institution – Sydney Away. Whilst some may argue that it has lost its allure over recent years with the advent of Western Sydney, those old heads who were there for the very first Melbourne Victory game in 2005 at Sydney Football Stadium will tell you that it’s just as important now as it ever was.
Whilst we know that bringing home the three points is great, there is another reason why we go. Memories aren’t just made on the pitch by an Andrew Nabbout show-stealer, or a (alleged) pedophile taking a dive and winning a penalty to sink our hearts, but in the pre-game pubs and the post-game clubs. What happens on the field is just a fraction of what makes an away trip so great. What goes on when you’re with your mates on an interstate trip is what you’ll be talking about for years to come. But you need to be prepared. You need to know where to go. You need an education.
This is even more poignant in the city of Sydney. Why? Do you remember when our nanny-state Victorian government tried out this really stupid idea in 2008 banning clubs from admitting patrons into venues after 1am, before realising how ridiculous it was and putting an end to it? Well, Sydney is doing that right now.
But don’t stress. MELBOURNEVICTORY.NET have got you covered. Read on as we present you with the definitive guide to the pubs and clubs of Sydney.
Oh boy, it’s a must-listen For Vuck’s Sake this week. Our guest is MVFC Founder and former Communications and Media Manager, Tony Ising. Tony discusses the history of Victory and how it came to be from humble beginnings. He tells us his views on the FFA, the North Terrace, Etihad Stadium, Olympic Park and more. We also dissect our FFA Cup triumph and relive some of our favourite Sydney Away moments.
Unfortunately there was a slight recording issue and the USB input didn’t recognise the sound mixer which resulted in the entire podcast being recorded through my in-built computer microphone – something I didn’t realise until after we had finished – sorry! The sound is still audible, just a little tinny. I promise you we will have at least one semi-professional sounding podcast before the year is out!