A player in Melbourne who was left in agony after the ball struck his groin was sent off when the referee spotted he had an intimate piercing.[Previous TGIS]
Aaron Eccleston, playing for Old Hill Wanderers against Swinburne University reserves, was shown a second yellow card for the offence in the first half of the match.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the incident happened while Eccleston was sprawling on the grass in pain. According to an opponent, when the player instinctively lowered his shorts to "check that it was still there", the referee spotted the piercing – and when Eccleston refused to remove it, he was dismissed.
The laws of the game forbid players from wearing items, including jewellery, that are "dangerous to himself or another player".
"He subsequently received two yellow cards, firstly for re-entering the field of play without the referee's permission, and secondly for privacy reasons being unable to prove that he had removed the piercing."
24 June 2011
TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (325)... The Sequel!
This week's bonus joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of Reuters (from Thursday, June 23; link good at time of posting):