Despite all of the political circuses, the boofhead of week has to be… a school soccer coach.
In an epic case of denial and schoolboy level pettiness, Mt Albert Grammar School coach Kevin Fallon says that Auckland Grammar School’s refusal to play in today’s Knockout Cup final is because they don’t want to lose.
Nothing to do with this incident when the two teams met in Napier last week, of course:
The Herald understands police interviewed Fallon about alleged “manhandling” of an Auckland Grammar player and that officers have DVD footage from the game.
Auckland Grammar headmaster John Morris, a former New Zealand goalkeeper and ex-chairman of NZ Soccer, reportedly said a brawl between players began following a tackle on a Grammar player.
He claimed Fallon became involved, manhandling one of the Grammar players, and said he thought Fallon himself ended up on the ground following pushing and shoving.
Good on Grammar for taking a stand against this sort of behaviour. I’ve never suffered from a surfeit of pride in my old school — ambivalence would be a fair description — but I feel proud about this.