Former journalist, PR person Rod Allen dies

Rod Allen, a public relations consultant with Football
Federation Australia, has died after a fall on Cockatoo Island in
Sydney Harbour. He was 45.

Police said Sunday that Allen, who was camping on the island
with his wife to help celebrate a friend’s 50th birthday, fell
about 50 meters (150 feet) to his death early Sunday.

Allen accompanied Australia’s team to South Africa for the 2010
World Cup.

The former journalist later formed his own consulting company
and most recently was the media manager for the A-League’s Western
Sydney Wanderers, who clinched first place in their inaugural
season on Friday.

FFA chief executive David Gallop said Allen ”was regarded as an
extremely professional and well-respected journalist, editor and
media manager.”