“In the old days when you went to a football ground, there were very few stands, there was mud on the ground – that was real football”
It will not just be football fans who will be able to use the rooms. Probably they will get their greatest use when cricket fans descend on the same venues. If you think about the large numbers of passionate Muslim cricket fans, both immigrants and tourists, from countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Fiji, the length of matches and Test series and the need for observant Muslims to pray five times a day then presumably the sporting governing bodies are onto something.
Canny marketing it may in fact be – most Australians actually consume most of their sport in the comfort of their homes in front of the wide screen televisions where issues like prayer times do not arise. The marketers want to get as many people as possible off the couch and into the stands.
And whatever our beliefs, do we really want to go back to the days when people sat miserably unprotected in all weathers while yobbo louts threw glass bottles and beer cans, where women were barely tolerated, where people with disabilities and mobility problems found it virtually impossible to attend their favourite teams’ games, where you wouldn’t want to take the kids because of the foul language?
So presumably Jeff rues the day when football (all codes) became :
* more family friendly
* more inclusive
And it seems most of the rest of the community has no problems with prayer rooms at the footie.
In fact if you are a believer some teams need all the prayers they can get.
So what’s Jeff’s objection really about, besides grumpy blokey nostalgia?
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