Complaints over Australian soccer and rugby team's 'wild flight home'

Imagine if they’d won gold? How Aussie soccer and rugby teams raided the galley for extra booze, refused to sit down and vomited as they partied their way home on Boeing 787 flight – as Japan Airlines complains about the ‘rowdy and obnoxious’ behaviour

  • Olyroos and rugby seven’s team under investigation after antics on flight home
  • Passengers claimed ‘rowdy and obnoxious’ athletes drank heavily throughout 
  • Athletes not wearing masks and some started vomiting, leaving toilet ‘wasted’ 
  • Japan Airlines made an official complaint to the Australian Olympic Committee
  • Follows rugby and rowing teams being reprimanded for Olympic Village party 
  • Find out the latest Tokyo Olympic news including schedule, medal table and results right here

Australia’s Olympic men’s soccer and rugby teams have been hauled over the coals after an official complaint was made about the stars’ booze-fuelled antics on their flight home from Tokyo. 

Passengers on the Japan Airlines flight from Tokyo to Sydney on Friday morning claimed the ‘loud, rowdy and obnoxious’ athletes drank heavily and were singing loudly throughout the flight.

‘Obviously they weren’t wearing their masks as they were drinking all the time,’ a passenger said. 

The group also repeatedly raided the Boeing 787’s galley for alcohol and refused to sit down when asked to do so, the airline said in a written complaint to the Australian Olympic Committee. 

Multiple athletes were so drunk they started vomiting on the flight, with one passenger saying they left a plane toilet ‘wasted’, News Corp reported.

Australian athletes are pictured arriving at Narita airport in Tokyo on July 17.  An official complaint has been made by Japan Airlines about the Australian rugby and soccer team’s ‘rowdy and obnoxious’ antics on their flight home from Tokyo

The Olyroos and rugby seven’s athletes were until their journey home cooped up in the Olympic Village in Tokyo because of Covid-19 protocols and only allowed to leave to compete in their events or travel to other accommodation.

The AOC said responsibility for the players’ behaviour fell on their sports’ organising bodies, but that both would take ‘appropriate action’.

‘Both Rugby and Football have told me that such behaviour is certainly not acceptable within their sports and have sincerely apologised to the Australian Olympic Team,’ AOC Chief Executive Officer Matt Carroll said.

‘The CEOs have undertaken to take the appropriate action and report back to us.’ 

Athletes who had represented Australia in surfing, badminton and shooting were on the flight as well but did not receive complaints from other passengers. 

‘Football Australia is discussing the matter with the AOC and is taking the responsibility to investigate the involvement of any footballers,’ a Football Federation Australia spokeswoman said.

Rugby Australia said it would also carry out its own internal investigation.

Japan Airlines said in a written complaint to the Australian Olympic Committee the athletes repeatedly raided the Boeing 787’s galley for alcohol and refused to sit down when asked to

‘Rugby Australia expects the highest standards of all its employees, modelling the values of our game – respect, integrity, passion and teamwork,’ a spokesman said.

The Australian men’s rowing and rugby teams were also reprimanded after a wild weekend of partying at the end of their Tokyo Olympics campaign.  

Olympic Village cleaners reportedly found wrecked rooms covered in vomit after the two nights of drink-fuelled celebrations, sparking complaints from other athletes.  

Athletes have been rushed out of Japan following the end of their events at Tokyo 2020 in a bid to minimise any potential Covid-19 outbreaks. 

Signs from the Australian Olympic team hang on their apartment building in Tokyo. The Olyroos and rugby seven’s athletes were until their journey home cooped up in the Olympic Village because of Covid-19 protocols

Australian chef de mission Ian Chesterman defended the overall conduct of the Aussie stars in Japan.

‘Let’s be clear, the vast majority of athletes have absolutely done the right thing through their stay and been model citizens both on and off the field of play,’ he said.

‘A few have let themselves down and, as we have high standards, the matters were reported to the national federations and they will deal with those athletes involved.

‘It has all been appropriately dealt with and we have put the matter behind us here. I continue to be happy impressed by the behaviour and spirit of this team.’

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