Calls continue for Les Murray state funeral

Calls have continued for a state funeral to be held for iconic SBS football presenter Les Murray AM, who passed away on Monday following a battle with illness.

Tributes poured in from across the football world for Les, aged 71, who will be remembered not only for his 35-year contribution to football in Australia, but for being a much-loved colleague, mentor and friend.

His unique impact has left a lasting legacy on the game as one of the leading figures in Australian football.

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Opposition Leader Bill Shorten was quick to insist the Murray family should be offered a state funeral.

"Les is a national icon who did so much to grow the world game and to champion multicultural Australia. He deserves nothing less than the full symphony of tribute and respect," Mr Shorten said in a statement.

"Ultimately it’s a decision for Les’ family, but I think the offer should be made at least. I can think of few people as deserving of this high honour."

Long time colleague and close friend Craig Foster threw his support behind the state funeral, gaining strong public support in the process.

One Twitter user even took it on themselves to call the office of NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to request the state funeral.

This comes as current Federal member for Wills, Peter Khalil joined Shorten in calling for a state funeral for "national icon" Les.






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Published 1 August 2017 at 1:22pm
Source: SBS The World Game