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Socceroo Craig Goodwin reveals query he REFUSED to reply when filming A-League promo video

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Socceroos hero Craig Goodwin reveals the loaded query he REFUSED to reply as he filmed a promotional video for the A-League – after branding grand final decision a farce

  • Socceroos star has reiterated his disappointment at Sydney hosting grand finals
  • Follows a deal value no less than $10 million with the A-League and Destination NSW
  • Goodwin feels the money grab is not fair on fans – or players not based in Sydney

He was a hero for the Socceroos in Qatar – and Craig Goodwin’s stock is about to rise again with football fans after he reiterated his disappointment at Sydney hosting the subsequent three A-League grand finals.

Goodwin, 30, spoke ahead of Adelaide’s away clash with Wellington on Saturday – and revealed the query he refused to reply when filming a promotional video following Monday’s announcement by Australian Skilled Leagues boss Danny Townsend.

‘They asked me why I supported the initiative from the APL and DNSW (Destination NSW),’ he told Channel 10.

‘I refused to reply as I do not support it. 

‘I voiced my opinion on social media, I do not think it was in the perfect interests of the fans.’

Craig Goodwin’s stock is about to rise again with football fans after he reiterated his disappointment at Sydney hosting the subsequent three A-League grand finals

An A-League grand final between two interstate teams would struggle to pull a large crowd in Sydney (pictured, Lachlan Wales of Western United and Marco Tilio of Melbourne City)

An A-League grand final between two interstate teams would struggle to drag a big crowd in Sydney (pictured, Lachlan Wales of Western United and Marco Tilio of Melbourne City)

Despite the wave of criticism from fans and players, Townsend labelled the choice to maneuver men and girls’s A-League grand finals to the Harbour City until 2025 as ‘right for the sport.’

‘We’re a game that should be revolutionary, we want to make daring decisions and our game has longed for a moment in time where we’ve stakeholders across the country that want to speculate in it,’ he said.

‘On this case, we had the NSW government wanting to get behind our game and put our grand finals on the national sports calendar.

‘Change is difficult, but we needed to go and do what we thought was right for the sport.’

Goodwin went onto state the atmosphere won’t be the identical in Sydney if his Reds were to play Melbourne Victory in a grand final.

‘Each clubs would have some fans who would travel, but then you definately would even have neutrals (at the bottom) who won’t create the identical passion,’ he said.

Earlier this week, broadcaster Lucy Zelic blasted the A-League, stating they have 'sold their soul' by taking $10 million from the NSW Government

Earlier this week, broadcaster Lucy Zelic blasted the A-League, stating they’ve ‘sold their soul’ by taking $10 million from the NSW Government

An all-Sydney A-League grand final (both teams pictured) would be a promoter's dream

An all-Sydney A-League grand final (each teams pictured) can be a promoter’s dream 

‘For me, the eagerness created at previous grand finals is the one thing football has over other codes in Australia.

‘They (fans) at all times make it a (quality) spectacle with their intensity, it was also evident with the live sites in the course of the World Cup.

‘But the choice has been made, time will tell how it is going to go.’ 

Supporters from Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory are furious at this week’s development – and plan to walk out of this weekend’s derby at AAMI Park in protest.

Victory chairman Anthony Di Pietro this week also stepped down as a director of the APL following the Sydney grand final announcement.

Sydney FC’s fundamental supporter group, The Cove, have announced they will not attend Saturday’s match versus the Central Coast Mariners, while their rival fans based at Gosford on the NSW central coast plan to boycott finals series games for the subsequent three seasons.

Brisbane fans have also pledged to stage a protest on December 23 once they host the Western Sydney Wanderers at Kayo Stadium in Redcliffe.

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