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Football body ‘hashed’ piddling/boozing reaction

Aug 10th, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News, Sport

CITY councillor John Morrison says Capital Football made a hash of handling the case of a player who urinated on Wakefield Park – but he is happy with the outcome.

Capital Football has kept in place a $300 fine and ban on the Brooklyn player, despite some evidence suggesting that he did not in fact urinate on the artificial turf (pictured).

A subsequent report said the player went behind some earthmoving machinery near the the pitch edge.

Asked for comment on the decision, operations and communications manager Cliff Bowden says it is “a matter between Capital Football and the player”.

John Morrison is less than impressed.

“They made a hash at the start by banning the whole grade,” he says of Capital Football’s decision to exclude all Masters Grade Two teams from playing on artificial pitches.

The alleged piddling incident took place on June 18 at the new artificial pitch in Berhampore, and on the same day another masters team from North Wellington took beer onto the field.

Subsequent protests from the Wellington football community forced Capital Football into reducing the ban, so only the two teams were affected, and Mr Morrison, the Wellington City Council sports and recreation portfolio leader, says he is happy with that.

“Once the truth transpired, I think it was not as dramatic as originally written, and the ban was fair enough.”

The Wellington City Council does not plan on making any changes regarding the way sports organisations need to treat artificial pitches.

“We are in constant contact with the rugby union, Capital Football and schools,” says Mr Morrison. “Everyone loves them (the pitches) and it’s self-governing in a way.”

Despite the controversy, and being without the player for six of the last seven games, Brooklyn went on to win the masters grade two without losing a game.

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