Former Socceroo Frank Farina committed one off-field incident during his football career, but it was enough to earn him a nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame. The coach and player of the national team was arrested for drink driving in 2009.
The Frownlow Medal is awarded to the player whose off-field demeanour epitomises the values of the modern day footballer and draws attention to the status of footballers as role models to young Australians. It covers Australia’s four major football codes; the National Rugby League (NRL), Australian Football League (AFL), the A-League (Football) and Rugby Union’s Super Rugby competition. NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015 and AFL player Elijah Taylor is the most recent recipient.
The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame honours former players and players who received media attention in previous seasons, for similarly scandalous behaviour, and its inductees include Ben Cousins and Julian O’Neill.
The drink driving charge saw Farina sacked as coach of the Brisbane Roar.
Farina must now wait until the end of the year to find out if he has done enough to earn himself a position in The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, alongside players who have committed all manner of off-field indiscretions – all which are listed at www.instagram.com/thefrownlowmedal/