When the officials who monitor the rules sin-bin a manager over the colour of competitors’ underwear I think we can say that the Olympics have got a little too officious.
Olympic officials got their knickers in a twist over the Black Sticks’ undies, and suspended their manager for yesterday’s vital hockey match against Germany.
Kevin Marr watched from the grandstand after Bradley Shaw, Simon Child and Blair Hopping wore visible black short-style undies under their white shorts in the 2-2 draw with China.
Under the rules, shorts and undies must match, but New Zealand were in their alternate white strip against China, and the players did not own alternate white undies.
Initially officials wanted to suspend the players involved.
When Marr said that was unfair since he was in charge of what the players wore, he was suspended instead, which prevented him sitting in the team dugout.
“They’re pretty pedantic rulings,” Marr told NZPA.
Let’s give him a gold for understatement.
But it was worse for the Germans who couldn’t find red knickers when they changed from their number one black strip for their match against the Black Sticks.
German manager Jochen Heimpel contacted Marr yesterday to say the indiscretion had been noticed and his players had been threatened with suspension from their semifinal.
Germany were likely cop it worse than New Zealand, as a warning to all sides was issued after the black undies put in their appearance.
Marr expected Heimpel to cop a two-match suspension.
And the gold for pedantry goes to…