The A-League is the last code standing in Australia’s professional sporting environment amid the coronavirus pandemic – but that will come to an end on Tuesday when the competition is indefinitely postponed.
But – with the FFA deciding on Monday afternoon to announce the suspension on Tuesday morning, it led to the bizarre situation of a match being played on Monday night despite fans, commentators and – it appeared – both sets of players knowing it could be their last of the season.
And there was plenty of social media reaction to the surreal final match.
One supporter posted on Twitter “Watching this when you know the #ALeague is going to shut down tomorrow is like the band playing while the Titanic sinks. Gut Wrenching.”
Socceroos legend Tim Cahill was glad the A-League ‘finally’ decided to close down, but it ‘should of’ [sic] happened earlier.
Many questioned why the game was going ahead with the competition set to be postponed – including former Socceroo Craig Moore:
Though this fan said the reason was to claim ‘bragging rights’ as ‘the last football match played on Earth’. That’s not quite true – since Belarus still has a professional football competition going ahead!
But, as Fox Football host Adam Peacock said: “We may as well enjoy it while we can!”
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