Friday, January 30, 2015

Australia Is Not Part Of Asia

Since joining the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) in 2006, the Australian football team has been achieving great success in the international arena. They qualified for two straight World Cups and two Asian Cup finals, their women team won the Asian Cup in 2010, and Western Sydney Wanderers won the Asian Champions League final this year,

So why am I in favor of a proposed move to kick Australia out of the AFC? The answer is simple; Australia is not part of Asia! They had never been part of Asia and if you go onto the streets of Sydney or Melbourne, you will be hard-pressed to find a single Aussie who would say Australia is part of Asia.

The head of Australian football said he was "extremely surprised" by the the proposal. Well, he shouldn't be. The move may be prompted by their success on the football pitch, but that doesn't mean the Arab states pushing this is wrong. Australia is not part of Asia so that means they have no business being in the AFC in the first place.

The move may be dictated by self-interest but again, that doesn't mean the move to kick Australia out is wrong. After all if Australians don't think of themselves as Asian, why should they be in the AFC? That makes no sense.

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