I was thinking this afternoon that we as a nation are being very hard on our footballers.
They are the epitome of the Greek athlete or Roman gladiator of old.
We expect them to perform at the peak of their performance during a game, and then turn in to angels afterwards.
They are pursued after each match by Chlamydians and Maidens.
They are offered alcohol and substances, and indulge in both.
They take steroids at a judicious distance from testing.
This combination makes them aggressive at times and occasionally they react with vioence. I don't reckon its their fault.
They will also find themselves in sexually difficult and compromising situations.
We should cease this puerile pursuit of "bad boys" and have special exemptions for their misdeeds, to make up for their brilliant athleticism and skill.
Long may they be the great footballers they are, and I would ask Australia to give them some licence because of their special situation.