Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has torched the Essendon Football Club over its appointment of Andrew Thorburn as its new chief executive.
Andrews on Tuesday made a stunning attack on the team he is a paid-up member of after public commentary surrounding Thorburn’s links to a conservative Christian church in Melbourne.
Thorburn, 57, is chairman of the City on a Hill church, which has previously condemned homosexuality and holds divisive views around abortion.
Thorburn is taking up his first role in professional football after resigning as National Australia Bank (NAB) boss in 2019 during the banking royal commission.
Thorburn defended his appointment and his Christian faith in a radio interview on Tuesday morning before Andrews faced the media, declaring Bombers fans have another reason to be “somewhat disappointed” with the club.