New Zealand Football says a decision by Dick Tayler to resign from the Halberg sports awards voting panel in protest at the All Whites winning the Supreme Award, is appropriate.
Tayler says the All Whites were not worthy winners as they failed to win a match at the FIFA World Cup.
But New Zealand Football says the awards are about excellence in performance and the All Whites achieved that.
Chief executive Michael Glading says Tayler does not understand the world of football and how competitive it is and it's appropriate that he be replaced on the Halberg voting panel by someone who does.
The Halberg Trust says the Halberg Supreme Award always had the potential to be polarising.
Chief executive Steve Hall says there are people who are ecstatic the All Whites took the prize for the first time and others who think the opposite.