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Football teams are turfed off after defiling new artificial sports pitch

Jun 16th, 2011 | By | Category: Featured Article, Sport

CAPITAL Football has banned an entire men’s league from playing on the new artificial field at Wakefield Park after a Brooklyn player urinated on the pitch.

In a separate incident on the same day, a Johnsonville team from the same league took a chilly bin of beer onto the field.

Wellington City Council has warned Capital Football that if clubs don’t abide by its rules, football could lose its right to play on council grounds.

A council sign at the grounds states smoking, drinking or leaving rubbish are not allowed on the pitch.

Cliff Bowden, Capital Football operations and communications manager, believes its decision is fair and players need to be more responsible.

“The ban is fair because there were two clubs involved, and rubbish was left all over the pitch,” he says.

“We have received a complaint from a club that their reputation has been tarnished, but the thing is not do it in the first place.”

Although understanding the reasons for the ban, players from both teams think the decision is unfair.

“A warning would have been better,” says a player from Brooklyn.

“We shouldn’t have been banned. It’s harsh that they have banned the whole league.”

A member of the Johnsonville team agrees that Capital Football has over-reacted.

“We did nothing wrong that we know of,” he says. “We were told to take the chilly bin off the pitch and that’s exactly what we did.

“We drank the beer by the changing room, which is at least 20m away from the field, we didn’t leave a mess and we cleaned up all the bottles.”

Councillor John Morrison (left) agrees with the decision, which accords with the zero tolerance approach of the council and Capital Football.

“It is stupid and irresponsible to take glass bottles onto pitches,” he says.

He also understands at lower level sport it does happen, especially on grass fields, but does not think it is acceptable.

“They stand there with a cigarette and stub it out on the field…but artificial pitches are too valuable to do that.”

The ban will be over at the end of the season and the banned league will be allocated games at Wakefield Park again next year.

See Capital Football’s email HERE>

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