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RUMOUR FILE: Junior footballers told not to sing on field

CORRECTION: It was initially reported Ormond won the game. East Sandringham was in fact the victorious club.

A junior football side has been instructed not to sing its club song on the ground by coaches after winning a game.

‘On The Ground’ told 3AW Breakfast’s Rumour File the under-11 East Sandringham side, which defeated Ormond, sang their song on the ground and was later reminded by coaches they shouldn’t.

South Metro Junior Football League by-laws state singing isn’t to occur on the ground.

“Singing of club songs shall only take place in the clubrooms (or away from the opposition team if no clubrooms provided) and must not occur on the ground,” the by-laws read.

“Any club that breaches this by-law shall be dealt with at the discretion of the General Manager.”
The South Metro Junior Football League said in a statement: “Following the singing of the team song on the ground, it was East Sandringham’s own officials realising it was not in line with the League’s usual post game customs.”
“The East Sandringham official allowed their team to complete their song and then informed the team manager of the breach.”
“At no stage were members of either team “scolded” or “offended,” nor was there any disharmony between the teams which resulted in any formal complaints to the SMJFL.”

By Brianna Travers

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