May 1, 2002

SYDNEY BITES :

Player Banned After Testicle Biting (Reuters May 1, 2002)
Former Sydney Swans Australian Rules player Peter Filandia was suspended for 10 matches on Wednesday after pleading guilty to biting an opponent's testicles during a game last week. [...]

St. Kilda AFL player Chad Davis, playing for Springvale, suffered a perforated scrotum and lost a small amount of blood, a club doctor told the VFL tribunal in Melbourne. He also needed a tetanus injection.

Filandia told the tribunal he could not breathe when he became entangled with Davis and bit him as a reflex action.

However, Filandia did not know which part of his opponent's body he had bitten, he said.

"It was a split-second decision," Filandia told reporters after the hearing.

Tribunal chairman Eddie Power ordered Filandia to undergo player counseling before resuming playing.

In a similar case last year, former rugby league international John Hopoate was banned by the Australian National Rugby League for 12 weeks after poking a finger up the backside of an opponent.


Okay, here're the two things that leap out at you from this story : (1) I'm thinking that if you're the culprit you don't want to refer to it as a "decision"; (2) these guys have some sexuality issues to work through. Posted by Orrin Judd at May 1, 2002 1:23 PM
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