Player Sent Off For Prince Albert Piercing

23 Jun

Taunting, swearing, tripping, punching, tackling, shirt-tugging, shirt removal, dissent…d**k ring?! It appears a new item has entered the lexicon of bookable offences after an Australian player in Melbourne was sent off for a rather intimate piercing.

Aaron Eccleston, captain of Old Hill Wanderers, was struck in the groin during a match against Swinburne University reserves causing him to fall to the ground in agony. As expected, Eccleston lowered his shorts to make sure everything was still intact (and void of any gashes). Unfortunately for him, the referee noticed the shiny metal ring adorning the captain’s scepter and asked Eccleston to remove it. When he refused, a yellow card was issued pursuant to the rules of the game which forbids players from wearing items, including jewelery, that are “dangerous to himself or another player.”

The video above shows the aftermath of the incident with both the player and referee entering the dressing room for an intimate moment with the intimate piercing.

Eccleston’s club issued the following statement:

“During the first half, our player was struck in the groin by the ball, and left the field to receive attention. At this point the referee became aware that he had a body piercing. 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.”

Privacy reasons?! A man who pierces himself in that region has thrown any notion of personal sensitivity and privacy out the window. There was clearly no issue exposing himself to the stranger who performed the horrifically unimaginable act of piercing his manhood, so it seems rather silly he couldn’t do the same for a referee.

Now this is neither the place nor time to discuss the merits of such a piercing (there are none) and the thought of it is making me queasy. More important though, is why would he not wear a cup or some other form of protection?! Where I have no sympathy for people who kill themselves driving drunk, the same can be said for people who pierce sensitive regions and then step on the playing field without any protection.

As for the icing on the cake, Eccleston tweeted the following later in the day: “I don’t think my mum’s going to be particularly happy!”

Me neither.

(reported in The Guardian)

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One Response to “Player Sent Off For Prince Albert Piercing”

  1. John Roads June 25, 2011 at 2:04 am #

    So much for unbiased reporting. You were doing fine until your unnecessary rant on privacy issues and beyond. You should have stopped there. It added nothing to the story, and why do you think the readers here care about your knee-jerk opinions about his business. At that point I just rolled my eyes and discounted everything you said above – with the exception of wondering why he didn’t wear protection.

    First of all, it’s his business if he wants to get a Prince Albert piercing. Is it really “a horrifically unimaginable act”? This is your opinion, not a fact. Please don’t try to pass it off as such.

    Second, the planet you come from apparently has peculiar ideas about when the right to privacy should be taken away. Because he got his longfellow pierced, it should be a matter of public record? Really? I mean, really?? Psst – it’s a little hard for the person who pierced him *not* to see it, so your rationality isn’t exactly rational.

    Third, you quite confidently state there are no merits to this type of piercing. I’m going to take a wild guess and say you’ve never had one, and therefore could not possibly be in a position to know this. And in fact, you’ll find a large number of men who strongly disagree.

    Now on the flipside, if you’re queasy about such a piercing, that’s understandable. It’s certainly not for everyone. And also, if his Prince Albert ring qualifies as jewelry and is indeed against the rules of the game, then that’s also perfectly fair. However, one thing to educate you on (no intention to make you more queasy, so apologies in advance) as far as genital piercings – and nipple piercings for that matter – is that the rings cannot generally be left out more than a short amount of time or else the tissue starts to close up. Just a fact. Yes, I have piercings, yes this has happened to me. Twice. So yes – it’s a fact. And although it’s not especially fun to get re-pierced, the aforementioned merits are totally worth it. *wink*

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