VICTORIAN football chiefs have engaged one of Australia’s top cyber safety experts to develop a policy about appropriate use of social networking websites.
Former policewoman Susan McLean guided the Victorian Country Football League while it formulated a policy to counter footballers misusing the internet.
Ms McLean is one of Australia’s foremost cyber safety experts and had the nickname “cyber cop” during her 27 years with the force.
VCFL chief executive officer Glenn Scott said Ms McLean had been insightful while addressing the VCFL’s umpiring seminar in December.
He said “three or four issues” where country footballers had aired their thoughts online without considering the consequences had prompted the VCFL to create a policy.
One of those involved former Alvie footballers Ben Cox and Tyson Finnigan, who vented their frustration with the umpiring in last year’s preliminary final on Facebook.
An investigation asked the pair to write formal apologies and the issue reached a conclusion this week.
Mr Scott said the VCFL’s rules sub-committee would meet in the next fortnight to finalise the policy.
In addition, the VCFL will have education sessions across Victoria discussing the issue and promoting the policy.
South-west Victoria’s session is on April 20 at Warrnambool.