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Aussie fans rail against TV network over Olyroos snub

However, this may not be the case for football lovers in Australia as it seems they will be given a raw deal in relation to Channel Seven's coverage of Olyroos matches.

Australia's major football supporter network, the Green and Gold Army, are livid with the broadcaster's treatment being proposed for the Olyroos Olympic campaign and have commenced varying ways of protest in an attempt to sway Seven's poor commitment.

Green and Gold Army spokesman John McGauran said he is hurt by Seven's lack of commitment to the cause but also said that it wasn't just his sentiments, "I'm not on my own in my disappointment at the coverage of the Olyroos at the Olympics. Already Facebook groups and email campaigns have begun to try to affect some change at Channel Seven."

The fact that Seven have a tight schedule was not lost on McGauran and his solution to this saga was quite simple.

"Of course they have a congested schedule but that's no excuse for butchering and suffocating coverage of the Olyroos, they have a partner in SBS who would be more than willing to show all Olyroos games live and uninterrupted," said McGauran.

"SBS is a specialist football broadcaster that has been showing football for over 20 years and continues to do a great job.

"(I understand) Channel Seven has a very tough job to manage a massive event and tens of sports to get the balance right. We just want them to show the games live and uninterrupted or allow SBS to do so."

When quizzed on whether or not football, being the world game, should get a higher billing than ‘lesser' events, McGauran was realistic in his views, "I think Channel Seven should be showing a multitude of sports and that's why I love the Olympics.

"I get to see shooting, archery, kayaking; great sports that would never normally be broadcast. However, the Olympic football tournament is a huge event within the Olympics and we want to see all the Olyroos games live and uninterrupted."

Apart from the fact that it is a great chance for Australia to win a medal, McGauran also sees it as an opportunity to improve football in Australia and showcase some of our fantastic young talent.

"The Olyroos have done a fantastic job to make it to the Olympics (and) we want to see how the Socceroo stars of the future fair in this wonderful tournament."

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