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Time to forgive and forget after Heather Reid’s apology

Lachlan Roberts 13 June 2019
Heather Reid

The photo of Heather Reid that sent Twitter into meltdown.

How often does the story of a smiling woman photographed in France make the headlines? Rarely, if at all, but your odds will go up if your name is Heather Reid.

Eyebrows were raised when Football Federation Australia director Heather Reid was snapped smiling in France where she was invited by FIFA to attend its women’s football convention on the eve of the women’s World Cup.

Reid, who is currently taking sick leave from the FFA board as she recovers from endometrial cancer, covered the cost of her own flights and accommodation and made the decision to take the holiday following her doctor’s recommendation.

But once the Matildas suffered a shock loss to Italy in its opening match on Sunday night, all hell broke loose. Many took to social media to blame the loss on her and her involvement in the unceremonious sacking of former Matildas coach Alen Stajcic just six months before the World Cup.

How dare she be over there in France, smiling, enjoying herself when she is to blame for the Matilda’s loss, many football fans said, seething. She was the one that got him sacked after all, right?

Let’s rewind for a moment.

In a statement, FFA said it made the decision to sack Stajcic because the board formed the view that the Matildas would benefit from a new coach for the FIFA World Cup in France.

As a board director, Reid had a say in his sacking, but she wasn’t the only one to cut the coach’s contract. Stajic’s contract was terminated by the board “exercising its contractual right of termination by making a pre-agreed payment in lieu of notice”. Boards act as a whole, not as individuals and they are obliged to do so by their charter of operations.

Reid’s unnecessary involvement was in the comments she made suggesting the public would be “shocked” if they knew the truth. She told the media Stajcic should never work in the women’s game again. She has since publicly apologised for these statements.

She has not apologised for her role in the sacking of Stajcic and why should she? The board stands by its decision. All she has apologised for are the comments she made about Stajcic. Public baying for more blood is unnecessary and will achieve precisely nothing for our World Cup campaign.

Why can’t we throw our support behind the Matildas regardless of a win, loss or a draw, rather than looking for someone to blame?

Original Article published by Lachlan Roberts on The RiotACT.

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5 Responses to Time to forgive and forget after Heather Reid’s apology

Greg Noel Greg Noel 3:14 pm 13 Jun 19

Jason, your nemesis 😊

    Jason Miller Jason Miller 8:31 pm 13 Jun 19

    Thanks for making me angry greg.....lets let people rubbish others and tarnish their livelihood that effects his family as well and just forgive them.....send her back to belconnen oval and fix up that W-League team mess, Garriock that is.😠😠

    Greg Noel Greg Noel 10:04 pm 13 Jun 19

    I was like I've never been to Belconnen Oval....then I saw the she 😂😂

Sharon Adlam Sharon Adlam 12:09 pm 13 Jun 19

Heather Reid should not be there because of her behaviour surrounding the sacking of the previous coach - the comments made by her and the correspondance sent to those outside the board during this time would normally require a board member to be sacked. You have to ask why she is still there when she did everything in her power to besmirch the reputation of the coach. Despicable behaviour on all levels. :(

Mike Long Mike Long 11:50 am 13 Jun 19

We place too much emphasis on winning, we saw the results of that in the cricket team, The amount of money the Govt spends on sport is obscene, yes we need to have sports but we have people in sport who should not be there whether it be Union, League or Cricket, it's sport not big business, big business has taken the sport out of sport.

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