Adelaide United have been presented the Premiers Plate in an empty Coopers Stadium much to the chagrin of fans accross the league.
The low-key ceremony took place in Adelaide with just Bruce Djite, Eugene Galekovic, head coach Guillermo Amor and head of the A-League Damien De Bohun in attendance among a smattering of media.
United had originally requested for the trophy to be presented in front of fans on Saturday at an open training session however Football Federation Australia reportedly said the time was "unsuitable".
An alternative to present the trophy before Friday's game was also ruled out by the club's football department to avoid distracting players before their crucial clash.
Fans took to the twittersphere to vent their frustration at the proceedings.
Adelaide United lift the Premiers' Plate, and the entire Coopers Stadium cleaning staff go wild.
— Richard Bayliss (@RichBaylissFOX) April 18, 2016
I'm no expert on trophy presentations, but shouldn't Adelaide United be presented the Premiers Plate on Friday Night?
— Osama (@osamahag10) April 18, 2016
— Guido Tresoldi (@GuidoTresoldi) April 18, 2016
"We should present the Premiers Plate to the winning team on a Monday in front of no fans"
"That's a wonderful idea Damien"- FFA meetings
— Josh Howe (@JoshO567) April 18, 2016
FFA presenting Adelaide with premiers plate on a Monday at press conference one of the stupider things theyve done. Thats saying something
— Nath (@NC0303) April 18, 2016
The A-League is one of only a handful of leagues that do not hand a replica of the trophy to the winners of the league on the final day of the season.
The backlash comes in the wake of growing calls for the A-League to implement simultaneous kickoffs in the final round.2 comments