Imagine if they had won gold? How Australian football and rugby teams raided the galley for extra booze, refused to sit down and threw up as they partied on their way home on Boeing 787 flight – as Japan Airlines laments ‘noisy and obnoxious’ behavior
- Olyroos and rugby seven’s team investigated after antics on flight home
- Passengers claimed ‘noisy and annoying’ athletes drank heavily all the time
- Athletes didn’t wear masks and some started vomiting, leaving the toilet ‘wasted’
- Japan Airlines has filed an official complaint with the Australian Olympic Committee
- Follows rugby and rowing teams being reprimanded for partying in the Olympic Village
Australia’s Olympic men’s football and rugby teams have been dragged over the coals after an official complaint was made about the booze-fueled antics of the stars 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 sang loudly during the flight.
“Clearly they weren’t wearing a mask because they were drinking all the time,” said one passenger.
The group also repeatedly raided the Boeing 787 galley for alcohol and refused to sit when asked, the airline said in a written complaint to the Australian Olympic Committee.
Several athletes were so drunk that they started vomiting during the flight, with one passenger saying they left an airplane toilet ‘wasted’. News Corp reported.
The photo shows Australian athletes arriving at Narita Airport in Tokyo on July 17. Japan Airlines has made an official complaint about the Australian rugby and football team’s ‘noisy and annoying’ antics on their flight home from Tokyo
The athletes of the Olyroos and rugby sevens were locked up at the Olympic Village in Tokyo until their journey home due to Covid-19 protocols and were only allowed to leave to participate in their events or to travel to other accommodation.
The AOC said that responsibility for the players’ behavior rested with the governing body of their sport, but that both would take “appropriate measures.”
“Both rugby and football have told me that such behavior is certainly not acceptable in their sport and have offered their sincere apologies to the Australian Olympic team,” said AOC chief executive Matt Carroll.
“The CEOs have committed to take the necessary measures and to report to us.”
Athletes who had represented Australia in surfing, badminton and shooting were also on the run but received no complaints from other passengers.
“Football Australia is in talks with the AOC and is taking responsibility for investigating the involvement of footballers,” said a spokeswoman for Football Federation Australia.
Rugby Australia said it would also conduct its own internal investigation.
Japan Airlines said in a written complaint to the Australian Olympic Committee that the athletes repeatedly raided the Boeing 787 galley looking for alcohol and refused to sit when asked to
“Rugby Australia expects the highest standards from all its employees, who model the values of our game – respect, integrity, passion and teamwork,” a spokesperson said.
Australia’s 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 ruined rooms covered in vomit after two nights of booze-fuelled celebrations, sparking complaints from other athletes.
Athletes have been rushed out of Japan after the end of their Tokyo 2020 events in an effort to minimize potential Covid-19 outbreaks.
Signs of the Australian Olympic team hang from their apartment building in Tokyo. The athletes of the Olyroos and rugby seven were locked up in the Olympic village until their journey home due to Covid-19 protocols
Australian chef de mission Ian Chesterman defended the general behavior of Australian stars in Japan.
“Let’s be clear, the vast majority of athletes have done absolutely the right thing during their stay and have been model citizens both on and off the field,” he said.
“A few have let themselves down and because we have high standards, the cases have been reported to the national federations and they will deal with the athletes involved.
“It’s all been neatly done and we’ve put the matter behind us here. I am still happily impressed by the attitude and spirit of this team.”