Heidelberg United have dropped first choice goalkeeper Griffin McMaster from tonight’s FFA Cup clash for a series of offensive tweets about former Australian of the Year Adam Goodes.
McMaster described the indigenous AFL star as “unAustralian” and suggested Goodes should be deported.
The Sydney Swans legend has stepped back from the game and is considering retirement following a persistent booing campaign from the stands.
In his now deleted tweets Griffin wrote: "Adam Goodes calls Australia Day invasion day.
"If you don't like it leave."
Heidelberg directed inquiries to a statement on the club’s Facebook page.
“The club has been made aware of comments on Twitter made by their Goalkeeper Griffin McMaster and has made a decision to omit him from participating in tonights FFA Cup match,” the statement read.
“The club will investigate this matter and take appropriate action in due course.”
Heidelberg’s decision to stand down the veteran gloveman has been welcomed by Football Federation Australia.
In a statement tonight FFA said it “applauds Heidelberg United Football Club for standing goalkeeper Griffin McMaster down from tonight’s Westfield FFA Cup match following a series of offensive tweets this afternoon.
“FFA condemns the content of the tweets sent from Griffin McMaster’s personal twitter account and will continue to liaise with the club in relation to the matter.”
The goalkeeper tweeted later:
If anyone is offended. My apologies
— Griffin McMaster (@griffinmcmaster) July 29, 2015
Responses from the Victorian’s club’s fans were mixed: some applauded the swift action while others slammed the decision to drop the team’s first choice keeper, and yet others claimed it was a matter of free speech.
McMaster’s decision to wade into the ugly racism row has threatened to overshadow Heidelberg’s return to the national spotlight.
At one stage the former NSL heavyweights had on their roster nine players representing the Socceroos.
Indeed, the Bergers were associated with some of the game’s greats including Jimmy Rooney, Charlie Yankos, Jeff Olver, Milan Blagojevic and Gary Cole.
Heidelberg take on Broadmeadow Magic tonight.comments