Damien De Bohun, Head of the Hyundai A-League, today revealed that due to a setting in his phone, he had not been receiving notifications for thousands of messages sent to him in the past two years.
“I was chatting to David [Gallop] over the weekend and he mentioned to me that messages from people who you don’t follow, or don’t have in your address book, are marked as spam, so your phone doesn’t notify you about them.
“I love my smartphone – without it I wouldn’t be able to get my Angry Birds fix – but sometimes these new-fangled devices do get confusing.”
De Bohun, who checked his various social media accounts when he returned home that evening, commented with regret, “Imagine my surprise when I found unread messages dated as far back as 2012.”
The A-League’s leading man described to media how, alongside some “interesting newsletters” which he had forgotten about subscribing to, there were a significant amount of messages from football fans.
“Some were actually fairly valid suggestions on how to improve the A-League, for both the game itself and supporters,” he said. “In particular, a message regarding an appeals process for fans wrongfully banned really stood out.”
De Bohun went on to explain that he was surprised at some of the more recent messages, which were quite explicit and vulgar, “This was the first I’d seen any complaints regarding our policies, we had assumed everyone was happy. ”
“Certainly, I did not expect our exciting new active support initiatives to inspire so much sexual desire for my mother.”
“I think the fact that we allow fans to send us any message they want is an example of just what a democratic organisation we strive to be, and how we ensure we are constantly in touch with the views of our valued fan base.”
De Bohun has promised to read through the entirety of messages and is likely to make an announcement regarding the best of the ideas presented to him by 2020.
He warns, however, that any emails from the Red and Black Bloc will continue to be listed as spam because they are “simply too long” and urges writers to “please be concise”.