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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Akermanis... should he be blamed?

Brisbane Lions superstar Jason Akermanis was dropped from the Lion's started lineup and played for the Suncoast Lions in the AFLQ last weekend.

Whilst his form and off field behaviour have been questionable in recent weeks, I don't think all the blame should be directed towards him because it is more than one person that makes up a football club and the playing group is just no part of it.

There is one thing that has been bugging me since this entire saga began and it is, why has Akermanis been allowed to get away with misbehaving and making stupid comments to the media when the Lions were playing well but not when they have been stuggling so far this year?

Others who are part of the playing group need to be accountable as well and I wouldn't be surprised if there are people out there who believe there are other reasons as to why the Lions are struggling in season 2006.

What frustrates me the most is that the supporters and media are quick to bag Akermanis when the Lions are struggling and although some of his criticisim is warranted, it shouldn't be placed on solely one person.

It's about time that Leigh Matthews and others in the football department at the Brisbane Lions don't simply blame a player who is a true champion. there are others who are playing bad football as well.


Blogger Pugs said...


Akermanis is not being blamed for Brisbane's poor form, he is being blamed for not following guidelines put in place by the club. Yes, in the past he has been out spoken, but he has never criticised his club and coaching stuff until now. Quite simply this is not on. Akermanis is a clown and should realise that he is there to play football. He should also realise that he belongs to a team. The old saying there is no "I" in team comes to mind.

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