Anzac Day sport dilutes the day's true meaning

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    Comments by AFL coaches and the sports media, comparing war service to the exploits of AFL footballers demean the true meaning of Anzac Day. Drawing on comments by Essendon coach, John Worsfold, comparing his club's players to the Anzacs, this article suggests such remarks are disrespectful and reflect football's hijacking of the day. The article argues that clubs would be better serverd by drawing on stories from those footballers who actually served rather than making comparisions between football and war.

    Period24 Apr 2016

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    Keywords

    • Anzac Day
    • football
    • commemoration
    • AFL