FFNT's Response to Inaccurate and Misleading Statements in NT News on 12 November 2019
FFNT is disappointed with the statements made by Mr Athanasiou regarding the meeting held between members of the Darwin Olympic Sporting Club (DOSC) and FFNT on Monday 11 January 2019. The statements and assertions made by Mr Athanasiou as to the meeting were made in flagrant disregard of an agreement reached - at the request of DOSC at the meeting - that no further media statements would be issued until both parties settled on a joint media statement after further discussions. Regrettably, this conduct reflects a continuation of a campaign to spread inaccurate and misleading information about matters and events to seek to justify a personal agenda that only tarnishes the proud history of Olympic.
FFNT considered the meeting was very productive and that there was a genuine willingness to move forward positively with a view to the 2020 season and to put the past events behind us. It was made very clear to DOSC, and we reiterate it here, that FFNT's view is that the 2020 competition would be better with Olympic being involved. However, FFNT also made it clear that FFNT would not be changing its view or position in relation to the sanctions issued to DOSC in the 2019 season in light of the information we have received (which informed those decisions) and also that it was entirely up to Olympic to decide how it wanted to proceed going forward ahead of the 2020 season. That included the proposed march on Parliament - which is entirely a matter for DOSC.
FFNT will be writing to the DOSC President to express in more detail our disappointment in relation to this ongoing campaign of spreading inaccurate and misleading information coming only hours after our meeting. This letter will be provided to DOSC on an open basis so that the DOSC President can share the letter with the DOSC members.
It is up to Olympic to decide how it wants to proceed going forward ahead of the 2020 season and FFNT hopes that decisions are made in the best interests of DOSC, not only in terms of its relationship with FFNT as the administrators of the competition, but also its relationship with the other clubs, its sponsors and most importantly of all, its junior and senior players and their families who just want to play football in a safe and supportive environment.