Australian tennis player Pat Cash has been slammed online after telling followers to ditch the upcoming World Cup in favour of a ‘real man’s sport’ – AFL.
Cash received some backlash from the tweet just two days before the Socceroos kick off their Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign against France.
He also implied that AFL is a superior sport to football as it doesn’t involve foul play.
Pat Cash has been slammed for comparing the World Cup to AFL and claiming football is not a ‘real man’s sport’
In a tribute to Hawthorn star Shaun Burgoyne who is heading for his 350th game this weekend, Cash tweeted out for fans to watch the highlight reel:
‘#worldcup approaches approaches here some highlights from one of the #greatest in a real mans sport #afl. They don’t call him ‘SILK’ for nothing. (No rolling around on the ground trying to cheat a free kick from this man)’
The 53-year-old has been torn to shreds online since he tweeted the ‘offensive’ claim, initiating a heated debate online from both fans and commentators.
The Australian’s chief football writer Ray Gatt didn’t sit on the sidelines.
He expressed his distaste towards the tennis legend’s claims, blasting him for his lack of patriotism at a time when the Socceroo’s need the nations full support, and labeling it as ‘disparaging’.
The tennis legend tweeted just days before the World Cup is set to kick off
The Socceroos have their first game in the World Cup Saturday night against France
Gatt wasn’t alone, and from there the debate between Australia’s football supporters and fans of the AFL was in full swing.
Another person who didn’t appreciate Cash’s tweet was Dave Hughes, who opened up the idea of tennis not being a ‘real man’s sport’ with his tweet:
‘Pat, a men’s semi finalist in this year’s Australian Open quit after two sets against Roger Federer because he had a blister on his foot. #realmanssport’
TV and radio personality Dave Hughes poked fun at the Australia Open semi-finalist Hyeon Chung for retiring against Roger Federer after nasty blisters on his feet
Other fans weren’t impressed with the tweet with one user saying ‘Just saw that post. Wow. Imagine talking about real mans sports in 2018.’
‘Really Pat? Is this a piss take? You were my hero as a kid, I even ball boyed one of your matches. I’m genuinely gutted you tweeted this shit, thought you were a better Australian than this,’ another wrote.
Australia are set to kick of their World Cup campaign against France on Saturday night (AEST).
Cash, a retired Australian professional tennis player and took a shot at football with his ‘offensive’ tweet
Fans of the world game were not impressed with Cash’s tweet, he received lots of backlash