Malcolm Conn has forged a reputation for being an outspoken critic of Australian football, but one recent development seems to have him lying low...
Conn is Cricket NSW's Communications Manager, as well as a prominent voice within Australian sport. His 30,000 twitter followers - many of them assumedly not angry football fans - are privy to breaking news and expert opinion on all things bat-and-ball.
But controversially among the online Australian football community - the aptly named sokkahtwitter - Conn's account also provides a platform for some rather pious views on a rival code.
Conn's previously come under fire for repeated comments about Australian football, the A-League and fan violence, with some football fans perceiving Conn as a 'bandwagon-jumper', eager to use problems within the sport to further his anti-football ideology.
Hey @malcolmconn, a little quiet on the #cricketcrisis aren't you? Not 1 single tweet about it, If this was footbal related you would be all over it wouldn't you?— Bay 49 Wanderers (@Bay49Wanderers) March 27, 2018
The culture And image CA needs to clean up extends to people like you, see what throwing rocks in glass houses does?
@malcolmconn 73,423 fans from all walks of life thru the gates this wknd and 0 incidents. Calling them 'grubs' is unfair and downright wrong— Football Australia (@FFA) December 28, 2015
Many of Conn's own tweets against the beautiful game are unfortunately unavailable, although you get the idea.
While Conn's supposed mission to destroy football may or may not be overhyped, unsurprisingly, he's born the brunt of significant backlash against cricket-culture in the wake of the Australian test side's ball tampering scandal against South Africa.
Australia's former-captain, Steve Smith, has been stripped of his leading role while there have been doubts raised over the coach and opening batsman's futures altogether, in what many commentators are calling one of the darkest days in Australian sporting history.
Australia's foreign rivals and international commentators have already called the culture within Australian cricket 'disgraceful'. The response from Australian football fans, however, has been far more targeted...
Lol. Cricket Australia's Malcolm Conn taking another dig at Australian soccer just before his team gets caught cheating. Karma bus arriving right on schedule. https://t.co/a8IoNJmITj
— Adrian Vitez (@avitez) March 24, 2018
Thinking of @malcolmconn at this terrible time. All these years bashing the A-League, football fans and the game in general (as recently as his last post) and his good work is completely undone by the Australian cricket team admitting to blatantly cheating. Thoughts and prayers.— Dennis Koutoulogenis (@dkfcdotnet) March 24, 2018
I wonder what @malcolmconn has to say about this ball tampering scandal of our australian cricket team? Been so vocal with his views on football in the past so waiting with much eagerness to hear his views on this disgraceful act— Peter Filopoulos (@peterfilopoulos) March 24, 2018
March 24, 2018He’s been admirably restrained thus far, but @malcolmconn is now addressing the media: pic.twitter.com/DRiWm3OiEw
— Jonathan Agnew (@Aggerscricket) March 28, 2018
Hell hath no fury like a football fan scorned.