Fremantle Dockers fan Barry Kowalczyk said he was ‘hoping and praying’ that his team is actually tanking this season.
“Every time a Dockers official comes out and refutes claims we’re tanking, my heart sinks a little. If we’re not tanking what are we doing?”
“If they’re not actively trying to lose, then this is a pretty spectacular train wreck. I mean, it’s pretty much June and we haven’t won a single game of footy. It means NRL teams have had as many wins in the AFL as the Dockers.”
Mr Kowalczyk said claims by Ross Lyon that the team ‘didn’t need to tank’ had him especially worried.
“I know we’ve got a lot of injuries but this is a bit beyond that. If Ross is right and we don’t even need to tank, that means we’re just a really awful footy side.”
“We need to know. The fans have a right to know if we’re truly awful or if the tank is on.”
Barry said he hoped Lyon could let him know by tapping ‘We are tanking’ in Morse code during the next post-match interview or by using the word ‘pineapple’ seven times.
“Just give us something, I can’t stand the idea we may actually lose to Essendon and it won’t be on purpose.”