The rules of soccer are specific, in that players are not allowed to wear jewelry on the pitch for safety reasons. But what if that jewelry were in a place that's normally covered by clothing? How would the referee be able to check for, say, a piercing that isn't on the ear, nose or lip, but somewhere far more private?
That's where the story of Aaron Eccleston becomes relevant. And interesting, if not a tad humorous.
Eccleston, an amateur player for Melbourne's Old Hill Wanderers, was recently ejected from a game for wearing a piercing on/in his genitals. But as Eccleston was playing with shorts and not in the nude, the referee only became aware of Eccleston's jewelry of choice after he was struck by the ball in the mid-section and had to leave the field.
The team released a statement on its website as to why Eccleston was removed from the match:
"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."
So, if the team's take on the matter is to be believed, Eccleston might have been able to stay in the game had he shown the referee he was no longer wearing jewelry.
But who's to say he wouldn't have received a red card for that sort of a gesture anyway?
Regardless, watch the video below to see the ref, coach and player discussing the incident during the match. Then watch the video below that to see Eccleston discussing the matter. It's quite a humorous, albeit NSFW, situation at the end of the day.
Watch the players discuss the incident after the match: