Under 14s girls match is ABANDONED after coach questioned gender

Under 14s girls footy match is ABANDONED after coach accused opposition of fielding boys before pulling his players from the field

  • An under-14s coach reportedly pulled his players from the pitch 
  • He questioned the gender of two of the opposing players 
  • He is now set to face a tribunal over the incident 

A youth footy coach is set to face the AFLNT tribunal after taking his under-14 girls side from the ground after accusing the opposing team of fielding boys. 

The Southern Districts girls were taken off the park during the first quarter of their Round 8 match against Nightcliff in the Northern Territory last Friday and did not return to complete the game. 

Coach Mark Breed approached the umpires to express concern about the gender of at least two of the Nightcliff players, the Mercury reports.

However, when no resolution was reached he told his players to walk off the field. 

The coach who dragged his team off the field has been charged with misconduct by a match review panel from the AFLNT competition (stock image)

Breed has been charged with misconduct by the match review panel and will proceed to a tribunal hearing. 

Nightcliff president Mark Dodge said the club was disappointed in the episode. 

‘We’re obviously complying with the AFLNT guidelines, we as a club are disappointed it has got to this point,’ Dodge said.

‘We look forward to seeing some sort of resolution in regard to the investigations that are ongoing.

‘Both those players are girls, and irrespective of who they are this is under-14s and this sort of alleged behaviour is not acceptable at a junior level.’

Southern Districts president Kevin Mulvahill said the club were complying with the AFLNT following the walk off.

Southern Districts coach Mark Breed caused his team’s match to be abandoned in the second quarter last Friday

Nightcliff president Mark Dodge said the club was disappointed in the episode after Breed accused the club of fielding boys in a girls’ side

‘There was an issue during the under-14s match,’ he said.

‘We’re working with the AFLNT and all parties at the moment to come to some sort of resolution.’

A spokesperson for the league said: ‘AFLNT takes any allegations of abuse, inappropriate behaviour and vilification very seriously and there is no place for such behaviour in our game, at any level.

‘AFLNT and its clubs work hard to provide safe, welcoming and inclusive environments for all participants, officials and spectators, regardless of an individual’s background, from Auskick and junior boys and girls football through to senior men’s and women’s.’

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