Socceroos fans wage war online over Aussies’ behavior during World Cup match against France

Socceroos fans wage war online over Aussies’ behavior during World Cup match against France

Civil war broke out between Australian supporters during the 2020 FIFA World Cup, with fans calling out ‘toxic’ behavior and abuse from Socceroos in Qatar.

Australia scored a stunning first goal against defending champions France in their opening Group D game before being thrown to the sword in a humiliating 4-1 defeat.

As the French players poured in for the goals, some supporters in the stands decided to pour out the sledging abuse, including personal attacks and horrible expletives around families and children trying to enjoy the game.

Craig Goodwin celebrates with teammates Jackson Irvine, Riley McGree and Aziz Behich after scoring their first goal against France

Craig Goodwin celebrates with teammates Jackson Irvine, Riley McGree and Aziz Behich after scoring their first goal against France

“So embarrassed to be an Australian last night… embarrassed that we were around so many mean, ignorant, toxic people representing our country,” one fan posted online.

“The jeers from the French team and the insults and unbelievable aggression towards my Australian friend’s French brother-in-law, who was sitting between us, was appalling. We were all there to enjoy the game.

My friend’s parents had also flown in from Australia and were so shocked by the comments. Children listened in and also looked shocked. It actually ruined the whole experience for all of us.”

Australian Socceroos fans clash with a man posing as a French supporter as they watch Australia play France in the FIFA World Cup, at Melbourne's Federation Square

Australian Socceroos fans clash with a man posing as a French supporter as they watch Australia play France in the FIFA World Cup, at Melbourne’s Federation Square

Another fan was in the same part of the stadium and agreed that the language used was shocking, especially aimed at star winger Kylian Mbappé.

‘I was also in your section. I agree with you. Really toxic comments. The man who did all the abuse used the c-word about 100 times. All near children. And the abuse that Mbappé received. Sing ‘who are you’. He is a once in a generation player,” the fan wrote.

The fan went on to say that the French fan did well to keep his composure despite horrendous abuse.

‘The Australian habit of dropping the C-bomb in mixed company is pathetic. Wouldn’t have happened in my day. Almost like a badge of honor for these few of these clowns to swear as much as possible,” the Aussie fan added.

Another Socceroos supporter said the abuse hurled at players and fans went beyond typical football chatter and chanting.

“That ‘offensive’ singing is part of the game, as long as it’s not racist and towards children it’s okay… Sing what you want… Put him off his game. Whatever,” they said.

Mbappe battles for the ball with Australian midfielder Jackson Irvine during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group D football match between France and Australia at Al-Janoub Stadium

Mbappe battles for the ball with Australian midfielder Jackson Irvine during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group D football match between France and Australia at Al-Janoub Stadium

But at one point, an Aussie launched into a rant against her visiting French relative for not representing Australia with his visiting family with all the expletives used. His mates kept pulling him back and we were even ashamed of it. The Frenchman more or less shrugged it off.’

However, not everyone was happy to hear from the fun police, saying foreign football spectators gave as best they could.

“Oh no, are you offended by a football match? Oh poor you. May I suggest that you stop going to football matches? That might be for the best. All that whooping and cheering gets a little much for some people. We understand it. So don’t come,” one fan posted.

Most of the Socceroos fans have behaved well and supported their team during the FIFA World Cup.  There is no suggestion that any of the fans pictured misbehaved during the match against France

Most of the Socceroos fans have behaved well and supported their team during the FIFA World Cup. There is no suggestion that any of the fans pictured misbehaved during the match against France

“Jesus, is this your first soccer game? Who are you, it’s hardly abuse. Heard every week around the world and always focused on the best players. This is top football, not a toddler sports day,” said another.

‘What are you talking about mate? Not here for a haircut. It’s life and death and if you can’t handle the booing of a national anthem, go back to AFL,” added another.

Other spectators at Al Janoub Stadium said the Aussie fans behaved better in their sections.

‘We were very friendly at the game, lots of fun, no problems at all! I guess it depends where you sat,” one wrote.

“I’m so sorry you had that experience. I actually had the opposite with friendly banter and passion from both sides. I also sat with French supporters and families. The audience you’re sitting with is lucky with the draw I think,” another posted.

The Socceroos fan will have to speak out against Tunisia AEDT tomorrow night, former Australian defender Milos Degenek warned – because the African country’s fans will be vocal.

“I have never seen a team at a World Cup with so much heart and passion and desire and love for their country,” he said of Tunisia.

“They have a phenomenal desire … the boys love each other and they have a fire in their eyes and they are very strong in the way they do things.”

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