Former Socceroo goalkeeper and FFA board member Jack Reilly has sent out a major cry to the Australian football community in face of the recent saga involving the FFA Congress reforms.
Speaking on Evenings on FNR’s newly deputised segment, the ‘Think Tank’,he spoke extensively on the future of football in Australia and the many pressing issues.
Reilly discussed his letter to the FFA in April last year and how he believes politics are proverbially killing the game down under.
“Audience, please be heard, because that is what’s lacking in our game,” he said.
“I have stated publicly for a long period of time, politics kills my beloved game.
“Until we have one governing body, with professional management in each state and a totally independent A-League, this sport will fester”
The former Socceroo also believes FIFA’s involvement is not needed to fix the current issues at the top.
“FIFA have no idea of what should be done in this country and the most recent financial result is an accurate reflection of their capabilities,” Reilly said.
“A $400 million loss in a year by a governing body tells the whole story.”
Reilly stressed the need for debate and how it will help provoke change within Australian football in the years to come.
“Let’s hear them, let’s hear everybody out there who knows that the ball is round, putting on the table their thoughts,” he said.
“Nobody wins every debate, but it is important to have it.”