The AFL might be the premier Australian-rules football league in Australia, but they’ve recently shown that they’re more than just that. The AFL has shown its support for same-sex marriage as the country prepares to vote on the issue.
Almost half of the AFL clubs have already confirmed their support for equality. This led the football world to question whether the AFL’s approach to the issue has gone beyond its function as a professional football agency and turned into something more political.
The AFL came to the headlines after it replaced their ‘AFL’ at its Docklands headquarters with a “YES” sign. The temporary logo showed the organization’s stance in regards to the same-sex marriage vote that has dominated headlines across the country.
The Supporting Clubs
Aside from the support that the league itself is showing, there are now a total of nine clubs that have shown public support for the ‘Yes vote’. The Sydney Swans and Western Bulldogs were among the first teams to have shown their support for the cause.
Meanwhile, the Gold Coast Suns and North Melbourne added to the list of supporters of the Yes vote. The league’s top contenders, Geelong and Greater Western Sydney, also counted themselves in.
Hawthorn, Fremantle & Carlton have stayed relatively neutral in the debate, but it was the Blues’ statement that caused an eruption of debate across social media.
Critics Weigh in On AFL and Club Opinions
In a world where free speech matters most, it’s not surprising to know that there will always be an opposition to whatever cause it may be. That doesn’t exempt the AFL’s stand regarding the issue. The league has faced a backlash coming from football personalities and fans alike.
Former president of Carlton, John Elliott, has strongly opposed the league’s public show of support.
Elliott stated that the AFL’s actions went beyond the organisation’s function and power.
As a matter of fact, Elliott commended Carlton’s official statement. The Blues says that they remain neutral in the matter even though they wanted to promote equality among all people. However, the club also says that it won’t take any sides as they believe that it’s a matter of personal choice.
Needless to say, this is a result of the growing cause of pro sports leagues getting involved in social matters. Aside from social matters, the AFL Finals hype and excitement is palpable as we look towards this weekend’s preliminary finals.
The Adelaide Crows are fighting to maintain its no. 1 position against the Geelong Cats. The bookies have Adelaide as the favourites 4/9 odds in comparison to the Cats’ 33/16. Meanwhile, surprise packets Richmond go into their clash with GWS as 8/13 favourites, with the Giants at 6/4.
The latest expert AFL betting tips have Adelaide and Richmond as the teams to beat, with both having 9/4 odds to win the flag. GWS follows at 24/5 odds while Geelong is listed as outsiders with 11/2 odds to lift the premiership cup.