They have famously labelled Singaporeans as "semi-final fans".
They have blasted the team after every single defeat thinking we are world beaters that have the right to win every game.
They have more often than not being the most ultimate KPO in the private lives of our footballers.
They have regularly painted a bleak ( usually wrong) picture of our league and football.
Yet, they fail to see that they are the ones that are a disgrace to the country and to this nation.
On Saturday, it was an expectation for the team to be criticized by the papers and the media. In fact, even the most optimistic and loyal of fans would agree that the Under 23 boys did not deserve to win the game against Indonesia. Certainly no excuses for that. But they went a step further. Just a little bit too much and too uncalled for.
|Saturday's contradicting reports|
Instead of focusing on how to improve on performances and highlight the weakness, they allowed a totally redundant commentary to be published, uncalled for if you asked many readers.
First, the commentary went " Don't expect anyone from the Singapore camp to say that (apology), though".
And ironically, to the next of that was a quote by the captain who acknowledged that the team "messed things up."
The commentary took on angry and sarcastic tones before concluding that he was being " my honest self after another all-too-predictable defeat for our Singapore team ".
Well, honestly you want honesty?
Honestly, you and the many other members of the media have been nothing but a shame to us and the country.
Of course, not all journalist are bad. They have been those who are good. And I know many who have been good, been supportive but most importantly, they have been, FAIR!
You need not be biased and defend the team like the most ardent of fans do. You need not be patriots like the Malaysian media who have done brilliantly to boost up support for their sportsmen regardless of the sport they play.
All you have to do is be fair.
3 games in 5 days. Just over 1 full day of rest before meeting undoubtedly the strongest team in the group. Tales of food poisoning. And all you can come up are just points to whack the FAS and the character of the team.
Do you, really think the team wants to lose, on purpose? Everyone certainly knows they did their best, especially in the second half.
It is also funny how amidst all the criticizing of the players and the fans, the people running the media and make the decisions ironically have shown that they are indeed "semi-final in mentality".
Check out the telecasts of European games below in the papers.
European qualifiers featuring Bosnia can be shown live. International friendlies that are meaningless too.
But wait, where was the telecast of World Cup Qualifier game between Singapore and Jordan the previous night?
And funny, how Singapore fans are the ones being labelled as "semi-final fans".....
Just so you know, if you have the power to influence, then do it positively. Or at least, paint a fair picture. And if you earn millions, why not just pay up to have the right to broadcast matches of your own team.
But this just proves that it is all business, and local football, to you (those making decisions in the media) means absolutely nothing.
And Mr S. Murali, what do you have to say now that both the coach and the team have claimed responsibility and apologized to the nation over the disappointment? Will you, Mr S. Murali, take back your words?
Honestly, it will be, an all-too-predictable NO. Ooops, was that your quote? :)