Kosta Barbarouses terminated his contract with the Wellington Phoenix a few weeks ago.
The club then issued a statement that it was a personal matter, and that after a long period of deliberation it felt that that was in the best interests of the player, and those close to him, that this was the right thing to do.
They added it was inappropriate to elaborate further.
He was to return to Melbourne. He has subsequently signed with the Melbourne Victory, provoking some pretty unseemly vitriol from this side of the Tasman.
The need for Barbarouses to return to Melbourne was given when the story originally broke. What else was he meant to do for a job when that moved happened? Sure; there are many vacancies for wine waiters in Melbourne, but that was hardly the best use of his skills.
Clearly this is upsetting for the Phoenix. Kosta was, after all, the player of the season for the side this year, and he was not an overseas marquee player.
It also hurts the club that they are not able to get a transfer fee out of this. It is another example, alongside the international window shambles and others, that the credibility of the tournament as a whole is called into question. That said, did the Phoenix pay a transfer fee in the first place?
Phoenix fans, rightly, feel short-changed; and these are pretty rough times. But the poison should be aimed at the A League rather than the circumstances being faced by Kosta himself. To attack the man under these circumstances is staggeringly callous.
He has not moved for money. He has moved for personal circumstances that he and the club want to remain private. That must be respected. Nobody has the right to demand details of his situation.
It may be an old-fashioned view but, human beings deserve privacy when required.
Please Wellington Phoenix fans; show some dignity here.