Victoria footie club under probe for stripper’s act

May 18th, 2009 - 6:25 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, May 18 (ANI): In the latest sex drama to engulf the sporting world, the Prahran Football Club is under investigation for hiring a stripper to perform for the team minutes before a game.

The management of the club has been ordered to appear before the Victorian Amateur Football Association’s integrity sub-committee tonight to explain the sordid stunt.

The change-room strip show has angered women’s lobby groups and is set to turn the spotlight on Aussie Rules after rugby league’s week of shame, reports the Herald Sun.

The Premier of the Australian state of Victoria, John Brumby, wants the football club at the centre of the strip shame to apologise.

“It’s just an appalling example to set young people and to set families. It’s just completely inappropriate behaviour and one of the things that we’re trying to do in Victoria is encourage young people to play sport, to take up sport and you open the paper today and you read about a football club that got a stripper in before a game, it’s absolutely, completely unacceptable and inappropriate and it sends all the wrong messages,’ the paper quoted Brumby, as saying.

Prahran Club XVIII coach Craig Berger said a former player organised the stripper to perform about 30 minutes before a night match against St Bernard’s on May 1.

“One of the past players set it up to gee up some of the blokes who were struggling a bit, to stir them up a bit,” he said.

Berger said he first became aware of the stunt when the stripper came into the trainers’ room.

“The stripper came in and I heard some noise (in the change room) and she was asking for music,” Berger said.

“I walked in, and when I realised what was going on, I said, ‘What’s going on here?’ and then left the room. They (the players) were fully aware that I wasn’t happy about it. I think she was only there for a couple of minutes. Only a couple of the guys actually knew about it . . . it didn’t last long at all because they knew I wasn’t happy about it,” Berger added.The incident happened at Elsternwick Park, the VAFA’s administrative headquarters.

VAFA chief executive Michael Sholly said representatives from the club, including Berger, would be asked to explain tonight.

Prahran could be charged with conduct unbecoming a member of the association. (ANI)

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