Fan abuse has become a serious problem. The target of fan abuse for several years since taking over Glory Perth’s ownership in 2007, the 51-year-old Western Australian businessman Tony Sage has announced his desire to leave the club at the end of the A-League season.
Sage has invested millions of dollars into Glory Perth for the last four years, hoping for high attendance this season. But despite compiling a team of star footballers, the attendance did not match the investments. Besides, Sage was strongly criticized after Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Melbourne Heart.
Angered by the criticism and the lack of interest to the club, Sage decided give back the license to Football Federation Australia when the season ends, unless somebody wants to buy the club or makes him change his mind.
Meanwhile, Roma captain Francesco Totti is also considering leaving his club because of fan criticism. Totti has spent the most part of the season of this season on the bench, and failed to convert a penalty in Roma’s 1-1 home draw with Juventus.
The 35-year-old footballer has been given much less playing time by manager Luis Enrique since the purchase of Pablo Osvaldo and Bojan Krkic, but claims that it is not the club and the fans who make him want to look for another team.
However, Totti is not going to leave the Stadio Olimpico just yet.