Second and third years of the Halifax firsts football team have been banned from taking part in the league this term, due to incidents which occurred on their last ‘World Tour’ of campus. The decision came from the Deputy-Vice-Chancellor.
Halifax footballers rampaged across Heslington West, in their annual end-of year celebration, raiding the library and causing substantial damage to the Courtyard. The team’s ‘World tour’ has been banned by the University. This is not the first time the Halifax team’s tradition has been reported to have caused carnage.
Nouse was originally told it was unable to print the article because the story had both legal and welfare implications. This was because the University was conducting their enquiry into the damage caused. Jane Grenville has confirmed the University does not “tolerate anti-social behaviour” and called the players actions “unacceptable.”
Mindful of the University’s reputation, Nouse was not permitted to see the official report and was told: “We have to protect the reputation of the University.” But Halifax first team captain, Matt Darling, told Nouse: “ I wasn’t there on any world tour or Halifax social last year. So I can’t comment on the events that occurred that night. But whatever happened is not condoned by any of the current captains and we are all working hard with the University to find the culprit.”
Despite the team deciding to play their scheduled match each week as a friendly (with second and third years playing) Charlotte Winter, York Sport President, told Nouse the University is watching the team closely and that they have been banned from playing these friendly matches. Halifax has been forced to cancel their match against Derwent this Sunday.
Winter revealed: “Obviously I was incredibly disappointed to hear about the incidents from last term’s World Tour Social, and for that reason I do think the ban that has been put in place is a fair punishment. The behaviour displayed on that social is not something which will be tolerated within the York Sport Union.”
George Offer, Halifax College Chair, commented: “What happened is a real shame, and the behaviour was completely unacceptable, we really hope those involved will not let this impact other aspects of college sport.”