- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 30 April 2012
Photo: Warrior Park, the home of Olympia Warriors [PlessPix]
On Friday night, there was an unfortunate incident in the Olympia Warriors versus South Hobart match at Warrior Park.
South Hobart’s Brazilian forward, Mizael, fell against the low concrete wall adjacent to the clubrooms and was injured.
Photo: A low concrete wall runs along the perimeter of the pitch adjacent to the clubrooms [PlessPix]
Olympia’s Warren Wadawu was cautioned by referee Patrick Galloway following the incident.
An ambulance was called and drove onto the pitch to treat Mizael and the game was delayed for 17 minutes.
The incident raised safety concerns about the ground and the proximity of various concrete walls to the playing pitch.
Football Federation Tasmania’s George Kalis has just released a statement about the incident.
"FFT work with all clubs regarding the safety of grounds. Warrior Park has attracted some attention as it's the first artificial pitch in Tasmania, but we believe it's a top class venue for football in the state. No ground is completely safe and you can't make a ground completely safe. In light of the incident from the weekend we are currently working with the club to implement options that address risks around safety. FFT immediately investigated the incident and sought information from both clubs.”
Mizael was not taken to hospital and after being examined by the paramedics returned to the South Hobart technical area.
It is believed that there is footage of the incident as the game was being filmed for FFT, but nothing has as yet appeared on the FFT website or on YouTube.
I have also received an unconfirmed report that New Town Eagles are considering refusing to play at Warrior Park until certain safety measures are instituted.