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    Yes what a joke !!!  but touche , Walking Walt have you not felt distressed and anxious since the specific insults you have received from this person and GA you too.  

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    Hi Admin

    I think you were a bit harsh on Fast Kev as he only said he thought Steve Rich must be unhinged if he thought people would believe he had made that website announcement as a belated April fools joke.

    If Steve Rich wants to know what nasty is read this -

    "I feel obliged to once again to turn my back on platforms such as this as they do nothing but frustrate, and far too often offer just that small window of opportunity for small minded egotists like GY Ancient Mariner to vent spleen on any social platform that tolerates his odious intimations. BackChat, Twitter and now here. Shameful, meddlesome, divisive. You are not alone though - the pit has many a distasteful viper. Enjoy your keyboard."

    That is posted by Steve Rich on this site here https://www.walkingfootball.com/topic/156-the-peoples-cup/?do=findComment&comment=300 I think it is important you keep this post on the site because it is paramount that anyone considering joining the WFA need to know what type of person is heading it up and what they will be contributing to financially.

    That is of course if GY Ancient Mariner agrees to. But if it were me I would because people need to know who they are dealing with and Mr Rich does not look to good posting such nasty comments himself. It would be a shame if they were removed for the good of the game.

     

    All of my fellow players refuse to deal with Steve Rich now because of his attitude and his post shows his views in black and white - Do not let other walking footballers fall foul of a man who can publicly make statesments like that - It is in the interest of the game moving forward that this information remains in the public domain.

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    Well said Scottie and Admin removed it for me because I am afraid I am a bit of a scardicat at my age.

    I really don't want the police after me which he was threatening me with and it could have caused my wife to have a heart attack if they knocked on our door.

    But you got him to reveal his true colors GY Ancient Mariner well done and it makes his attack on me look silly and yes unbelievable

    I will now sleep tonight after all.

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    I do not think that FK was being disrespectful but just venting his frustration at the issue. What he said wasn’t actually that bad and nothing compared to other comments aired on a certain website. 

    In terms of the threat and sensationalism of the communications act quoted. When was the original comment made – Over a week ago, did the comment refer to a named person – No,  was the comment sent directly to a named person – No, was the comment intended to cause distress – No, did it cause distress – Very unlikely.

    Is this designed to quell questions and comments relating to the WFA – Yes.  Is this designed to scare – Yes. Is FK now concerned or distressed – probably and understandably.

    It is obviously important that we are respectful to each other but we must allow free speech and expression to continue within an independent  forum. Questions must be raised, views aired, opinions expressed and with the respectful arguments  that ensue. Please do not allow such legal threats to stop this happening or for an outside and ever menacing influence dictate what happens.

    I would like to suggest that the distressed person offended by the original comment is banned from being a member of the forum. Of course that is a bit authoritarian so in the interests of democracy how about we ask all registered members to vote on the offenders continued membership ?

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    An article now on the WFU website ...

    EVEN WALKING FOOTBALL FORUMS NOT IMMUNE FROM INVESTIGATION

    People in glass houses ? reap what you sow ?

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    Why respond? I've just seen the WFU home page - linking what's been said on some walking football forums to the kind of abuse received by some  well known individuals  in the public eye. Which from what  I've read in the past included threats of rape, and even death ! Either I have missed something or we have an overreaction going on.

    It's clear that things are not quite right at WFU.  The most credible, and helpful  thing about the WFU/WFA is the rules they produced, which provide a handy template for the game we play...and play with others.  Those rules may also  produce a rather more civilised WFU/WFA  national knock-out competition, in comparison to 'The People's Cup'.  Beyond that, and a few interesting reads on their website, I can't see much that is relevant to our groups at this particular time.

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    It is actually very relevant given the post earlier today quoting or more to the point threatening action which re-opened this thread. 

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    Walking Football United was set up to create a shared platform from which to enquire, express, learn, lambast or lament on all aspects of this relatively new, innovative version of football.

    as well as a chance to voice opinion on any Walking Football related matter on the Back Chat Forum page.

    Taken this morning from the Walking Football United website been up there for as long as I have been visiting the site but certainly no longer seems to apply to how they and their partner WFA operate. The back chat page has been temporarily down now for a long time, but if it had been resurrected as promised with greater controls and security then many of these 'discussions' would have been kept in house and the need to share on other social networks would not have been necessary.

    I have never hidden my identity via a psuedenym, I have often quoted my name in communications.

    The tremendous work done by Steve Rich and the WFU over the years seems to be evaporating in front of my eyes, they seem intent on alienating any number of individuals/clubs who only wish to see walking football to continue to develop.

    As can be seen on this forum there are any number of people who have differing opinions about the game, but the vast majority are able to discuss and debate without demanding that others agree with the majority. These debates are healthy for the development of walking football.

    Grimsby Ancient Mariners will be withdrawing from the WFA nationals later this morning. As the current chairman of the Grimsby Ancient Mariners I do not wish our club to be associated with the current regime of WFU and WFA. The organisation appears not to be running in a transparent manner. We as a club will be concentrating on our 'home' sessions and our development at a county FA level.

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    GY that is an admirable stance and i hope many other clubs will follow your lead. Unfortunately I don't have the influence to be able to follow in your footsteps but i have already taken the decision that i personally would not play in the so-called WFA tournament and explained my reasons to many other players.

    The arrogance, hypocrisy and unprofessionalism displayed by the so-called WFA Ltd and WFU will ensure that it is seen by the majority for what it really is and will never be anything more than an echo chamber whilst the owners are now reduced to just making complete fools of themselves and any amount of insults, threats, stamping of feet and tantrums will never change the fact that they are simply irrelevant and unnecessary in our sport.

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