Hard to tell from the video, but apparently this player from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia refused to remove the offending piece of metal after going into the locker room with the referee for an “inspection.” The real question is: how did anyone know he was pierced down there to begin with, and why is that an issue for him playing soccer?
This time it’s a soccer player named Lisa De Vanna on the women’s national soccer team, known as the Matildas. Apparently Lisa had a public Facebook page where fans could follow her career. Somehow she confused it with her personal page when she posted a number of lewd photos of her and her friends. Yes, they were all clothed in the pictures, but apparently performing lewd acts with an inflatable penis, simulating sex acts. This was all probably good fun among friends until a 13-year-old fan came across the pictures and then got her mother involved.
After viewing these images (likely repeatedly) mother and daughter became “distraught” and contacted the team, and-not surprisingly–De Vanna was asked to take down the pictures and then set her Facebook page to private, preventing and further incidents like this.
And no, we haven’t been able to find any copies of the pictures online, but the Herald Sun says the images are “too explicit for public viewing.”
Athletes get suspended for lots of different reasons. And we’ve seen them all.
We’ll we thought we’d seen them all, until this story came our way about a couple of young players on the Sydney Roosters team in the Australian National Rugby League. The pair, Sam Brunton and Anthony Gelling, will apparently not play in the club’s Toyota Cup finals campaign because they lost control of their bowels. In a hotel room and NOT in the bathroom. A team executive says the incident started as a “prank” (was the prank called “Let’s piss off the hotel maid?”) but that the behavior was not acceptable.
Really? The strangest part is that apparently alcohol had nothing to do with it. Just sober, Australian rugby players having a bit of fun with the hotel staff. Maybe as punishment they should let the maids crap in the players’ lockers and let these guys clean it up?
Here’s more The Sydney Morning Herald:
The details of the pair’s rampage emerged on Friday, a year after former club coach Brad Fittler fined himself $10,000 for a drunken incident at the same Townsville hotel. Brunton and Gelling’s behaviour also mirrors representative forward Nate Myles similar acts in 2009 which resulted in a six-match suspension and $50,000 fine.
A Holiday Inn employee told the Townsville Bulletin the pair’s rooms had been trashed and left in a “feral” state. “They defecated on the floor next to the toilet in one of the rooms and they defecated on the white tables in more than one of the rooms,” she said.
“It was disgusting, absolutely disgusting. These are players who are held in high regard by the community and who our children respect. “No one gets paid enough to clean up that kind of mess.” The Bulletin reported hotel management took photos of the damaged rooms and brought it to the attention of Roosters officials.
Those wacky Australians! Even their soccer brawls are unique. This one, which happened during the Central Australian Football League Under-17 grand final between Rovers FC and Hermannsburg FC at Traeger Park, and started with a player being red-carded, leaving the field and then returning. Punches were thrown, the referee was assaulted, and before you knew it more than a hundred players and fans were involved. Before it was all over, three cops had be assaulted: one had his shirt ripped off, one was struck with a wooden flag pole, and a third was somehow bitten on the leg.
This all happened just days after there was a peace march in town to ask for an end of all the violence going on between male residents of the town. Looks like they might need to march harder next time.
Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to find any video of this melee, but below is an Australian TV report that does include some still images and some great post-game, post brawl, interviews.