For reasons solely commercial, the A-League transformed their tenth gameweek of the season into the ‘Star Wars round’, which led to thoroughly odd scenes at the start of the derby between Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC.
Indeed, Kylo Ren emerged on the pitch and appeared to attempt to influence the match officials, which will no doubt result in a disciplinary hearing at some point down the line…
To plug The Last Jedi, the latest instalment of the Star Wars franchise, the Australian Football Federation teamed up with Walt Disney, thus resulting in this kind of nonsense.
Elsewhere, Perth Glory versus Newcastle Jets featured a rather imposing choice of referee…
Teams across the league even played with a special match-ball designed to look like BB-8, the spherical droid from The Force Awakens.
This from a league and organisation who are desperate to be taken seriously.