Fury’s demise a sport­ing as­sas­si­na­tion

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North -

THE worst kept se­cret in Aus­tralian sport was put to bed yes­ter­day when Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion Aus­tralia axed the North Queens­land Fury. It was a sad end for a club that has bat­tled against the odds since com­ing into the competition in 2009, teth­ered by a con­trol­ling body that is strug­gling it­self to stay afloat. The bot­tom line yes­ter­day from the FFA was that it couldn’t af­ford to con­tinue prop­ping up a fran­chise that was strug­gling to at­tract crowds and qual­ity play­ers. How­ever, the peo­ple who will feel most ripped off with this de­ci­sion are the fans, sup­port­ers and em­ploy­ees, who have stuck with the em­bat­tled club through the good and bad. This was a sport­ing as­sas­si­na­tion of the worst kind. Ef­fec­tively, the FFA has turned its back on North Queens­land, and Townsville in par­tic­u­lar. The demise of the Fury will send a poor mes­sage to cor­po­rate Aus­tralia, sug­gest­ing that the re­gion, de­spite its pros­per­ity and re­silience, can’t sus­tain an­other na­tional sport­ing en­tity. The FFA’s lack of faith is even harder to swal­low when through­out this process they have con­tin­u­ally se­creted vi­tal fis­cal in­for­ma­tion from the club, and its base of cor­po­rate sup­port­ers. Cyn­ics could eas­ily sug­gest the FFA ran dead on the Fury. It is an ar­gu­ment FFA boss Ben Buck­ley has re­jected, but why would the or­gan­i­sa­tion, as re­cently as mid-De­cem­ber, tell Fury bosses that it wanted $ 1.5 mil­lion in spon­sor­ship com­mit­ments from North Queens­land, only to say it wasn’t enough at yes­ter­day’s an­nounce­ment? The FFA has its own prob­lems and by jet­ti­son­ing the Fury it is ob­vi­ously hop­ing to buy some time to sort out its own back­yard.

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