TV star Andy Maher slams ‘disgraceful’ politician for urging ‘pathetically woke AFL’ to hold ‘biffo round’: ‘It’s irresponsible and desperate crap’
- Victorian MP Tim Smith slammed the AFL in a tweet praising the state of origin
- The politician called on the Code to host a round dedicated to on-field violence
- Front Bar co-host Maher exclaimed the “wannabe community leader.”
Footy commentator Andy Maher has attacked Tim Smith after the Liberal MP urged the AFL to stop being “pathetic”. woke up‘ and hold a ‘biffo round’ in a tweet praising a struggle in the state of origin decision on Wednesday night.
“So comforting to see some bifo and some passion + some old fashioned Australian masculinity at #StateOfOrigin2022 – the pathetically bright AFL should take note,” he wrote.
Front Bar co-host Andy Maher didn’t hold back after Tim Smith said the AFL should host a round dedicated to on-field violence
Smith branded the code a “woke pathetic” as he praised the “old-fashioned Australian masculinity” on display during Wednesday night’s state of origin decision
“AFL is now unrecognizable to so many fans. They don’t want another woke round, they want a bifo round.’
The tirade drew a sharp reaction from an enraged Maher.
“The irresponsibility and desperation of crap like this is obvious and not usually worthy of an answer, but sometimes we need to call that kind of BS,” he tweeted.
“Shameful for a former wannabe community leader to spread such a message.”
However, Smith did not accept this.
“Sorry to hurt your feelings but the truth is the AFL has woken up and Aussie Rules are becoming increasingly boring,” he replied.
“#StateofOrigin is brutal, highly entertaining and quintessentially Australian. Was the VFL/AFL more entertaining in the 80’s & 90’s? Without a doubt, yes. I wonder why?’
The Queensland and NSW players engage in a melee moments after Dane Gagai and Matt Burton traded volleys in the Maroons victory
Maher’s scathing remarks didn’t go unnoticed by Smith, who fired back and said, “Sorry to hurt your feelings, Petal.”
The “biffo” Smith mentioned came just after the start of the second half when Queensland’s Dane Gagai repeatedly punched fellow Blues Matt Burton in the face, prompting the NSW center to return fire.
It was the most dramatic moment of an incredibly physical game, with three players being forced off the field due to violent headbutts in the first five minutes of play, with winger Selwyn Cobbo taking the worst of it in a collision with a team-mate that left him unconscious the lawn.
Smith’s reference to “another woke round” was likely prompted by the AFL’s Pride Round and Indigenous Round.
The league has also come under fire from fans who claim rule changes such as the Dissident Referee Act and “soft” free-kicks and suspensions are changing the face of the game for the worse.
Some fans have criticized the AFL for being too soft this season, citing rules like the appeal law for umpires and players being fined and suspended for violations that would have been fine in years past
Maher, the co-host of Channel Seven’s The Front Bar, also retweeted a post by journalist Lauren Wood, who wrote: “I wonder what families of bully victims and CTE (the deadly brain disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy caused by concussions) thought about the “Biffo” and “old-fashioned masculinity”. Please Tim.”
He also appreciated the quality of the Origin game, tweeting “There’s ya Gold Standard” on the night of the game.
Smith made headlines last year when Victorian opposition leader Matthew Guy told him to quit politics after drunk driving his car into a house, narrowly missing a child’s bedroom.