Battling A-Leagues will again stage a Pride Celebration in March but seething fans are not celebrating: ‘Why don’t you just focus on football?’
- Pride Celebration will be held in March
- A-Leagues proud to embrace diversity
- Some football fans are not on the same page
Scores of football fans across Australia are seething following the announcement by the A-Leagues that Pride Celebration will be reinstated this season.
In an effort to celebrate inclusivity, the Australian Professional Leagues (APL) have set aside March 8-10 in Australia and March 30 in New Zealand as the dates for supporters to embrace sexual diversity.
It follows the A-Leagues in 2023 becoming the first competition in the world to hold simultaneous men’s and women’s pride celebrations.
A-League commissioner Nick Garcia felt the Pride celebration was another example of how ‘welcoming and inclusive football as a sport is for everyone in Australia and New Zealand.’
Central Coast Mariners captain Taren King was on the same page, and can’t wait for the round to be widely celebrated.
Countless soccer fans across Australia are in for a treat following the A-Leagues’ announcement that Pride Celebration will be running again this season
Central Coast Mariners captain Taren King can’t wait for the round to be widely celebrated
In 2021, Adelaide United defender Josh Cavallo confirmed he was gay as he was sick of ‘living a double life’
‘I’m really excited about the Pride round this season. Last year we saw a number of clubs make a big effort to show their support for the LGBTQI+ community and I look forward to seeing more clubs get behind the initiative this season,’ she said.
“I think it’s so important that both clubs and players use their platforms to show our fans that everyone has a place in our game and that all individuals are accepted for who they are.”
However, the reaction from fans has been very different on social media, who want to see action to correct the drop in attendances and alarming drops in income.
One posted on X, formerly known as Twitter: ‘You guys are making it hard to continue supporting this league,’ while another said: ‘Why don’t you just focus on football.’
A third fan weighed in with: ‘Our great game in Australia is a complete mess and this (brainstorm of an idea) won’t help.
“You should be trying to win fans and not lose them.”
2GB radio host Chris O’Keefe slammed the Australian football body on Friday for its mismanagement of funds in recent years.
‘How did the A-League burn through $140 million in less than three years?’ he asked.
It comes after the recent report from Fairfax revealed that almost half of the workforce behind the A-League will be made redundant while the A-League’s media arm KEEPUP has collapsed and will be closed on March 1.
Adelaide United – featuring openly gay star Josh Cavello – and Melbourne Victory will headline the A-Leagues Pride Celebration on March 9.
Coopers Stadium will host the annual Pride Cup, with the women’s game (5pm) part of a doubleheader before the men’s game at 7.45pm.