Peter FitzSimons knows that his beloved game of rugby union, where Australia competes yearly with the might of Samoa and Fiji, now has some serious competition. So every chance he has to lay his size 18 boots into football via one of the biggest selling newspapers in the country, he´ll do it.
The thing is, I like a good game of rugby. A good sporting contest is a good sporting contest. Any half minded sports fan (and that´s most of Australia) will probably say the same thing.
And companies like Air New Zealand might want to consider how many football fans and players notice Mr FitzSimons hatred of the round ball game. According to Roy Morgan Research*, 1.1 million Australians played football in the 12 months to June 2005. That´s 7% of the population. This doesn´t even include all the kids under 14 playing the game.
I wonder how many others, like me, will try an void flying Air New Zealand whilst they have a football slagging buffoon promoting their airline.
Peter Fitzsimons watches empty Air New Zealand plane take off