I'm not much of a sporting person, as I've mentioned in previous posts, but one of the sporting faces I've had respect for over the years is Frank Farina. Up until now.
One of the things I've always found odd about Australians is the way we tend to treat our sporting heroes like rock stars. The various football leagues have had lots of trouble recently with their players misbehaving badly off field. These incidents are generally followed by the individual appearing dutifully remorseful for the cameras. For some reason, our sporting heroes are allowed to behave like unruly teenagers on their first night out on the town. Except teenagers have to stop drinking a lot earlier because they run out of money a lot more quickly than these men getting paid obscene amounts each year because they can kick a ball.
There is an anti drink driving campaign which runs on our television networks which states "If you drink and drive, you're a bloody idiot."
Mr Farina is a bloody idiot. He was charged with drink driving for the second time in two years. This time, he was pulled over early in the morning (reports I've seen have reported times as being between 7 and 10 am) with a blood alcohol reading over twice the legal limit.There is no excuse for this behaviour for any member of the public, let alone a well renowned soccer coach. Not only does Mr Farina deny that he has an alcohol issue, he is planning on suing the Brisbane Roar club due to their decision to terminate his contract because of his behaviour. Apparently, not driving while drunk was not a part of his contract.
I am astonished at the suggestion that a sporting club should have to specify that a coach or player to not drink and drive. Should it also specify in a person's contract that they should not get drunk and beat up their partner? Surely if an action is considered an offence by the local laws, it should be taken as read that these behaviours won't be tolerated.
Sporting figures need to start taking responsibility for their actions and not expect that all will be forgiven because underneath, they are really top blokes. Grow up people, you are not that special.
I congradulate the Brisbane Roar club for taking such a stance and showing zero tolerance for such anti-social behaviour.