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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former Sydney Swans Australian Rules player Peter Filandia was suspended for 10 matches on Wednesday after pleading guilty to biting an opponent’s testicles during a game last week.
Filandia, 31, was playing for Port Melbourne against Springvale in the Australian Football League’s feeder competition, the Victorian Football League (VFL).
My first thought was to take this to the pit. What kind of professional league that plays such a contact sport not require their players to at least wear a cup. Teeth aren’t going to easily bite through hard plastic easily. Knees and other body parts can hit it, but the blow to the pecker and nuts get diverted. Yes, it still hurts a bit, but you are not gasping for your next breath doubled over in pain. Even if not required, a player should wear one anyway. but maybe there is a really good reason not to wear one. Which is why this is in the GQ.
So what is it, Aussies? Is it just a really macho thing? Or does wearing a cup in any way impede your football playing performance? Is it not permitted by the league?