Robbie Farah quits as Tigers captain, player welfare slammed by report
November 1, 2015 12:00am
Phil RothfieldThe Sunday Telegraph
Robbie Farah quit as Wests Tigers captain ahead of a damning report into the state of player welfare at the club that puts further pressure on coach Jason Taylor’s shaky position.
The Sunday Telegraph can reveal an independent report commissioned by the NRL Players Association has found alarming evidence of the abuse of players’ rights and conditions. Explosive allegations in the soon-to-be-released document will reveal 85% of the players interviewed complained of unacceptable conditions at the club. Sydney barrister Julieanne Levick has been handling the investigation on behalf of the players union. “It doesn’t look too favourably for the club in terms of their treatment of the players from a welfare perspective,” Levick said. “There is some horrible stuff going on out there".
Lets pretend for a moment that this welfare stuff is all legitimate and the characters involved in the story are all honest and have no hidden agendas.
I have one question (and then some extras).
Why is all this falling on Taylors head and why is he footing the 100% blame for this stuff from some on this forum and in news reports?
Does Robbie Farah, as long standing club captain not have a role to play in this? Why has he completely escaped all blame? Am I expected to believe Robbie Farah has tried to do what he can for everyone in terms of welfare as the club captain? If the club was so bad why did Farah ‘single handedly’ (as the credit buffoons claim) keep James Tedesco at the club? If the club is so bad, why is he hanging on with every thread of his being to stay? If the club is so bad, why hasn’t he broken this story himself maybe 6 months ago, 12 months ago or 2 or 3 years ago?
I’m not saying it’s Farah’s fault or Taylors fault or the boards fault because the truth is I have no idea what goes on in the background, if in fact anything is going on in terms of welfare.
IF (and thats a big IF) there is blame to be apportioned, lets apportion it correctly.
Or is it another case of EVERYTHING was fine until the day Taylor turned up just on 12 months ago?