Sir Michael Somare has said that Papua New Guineans have “gone
crazy” over the Australian State
He said the craze had resulted in destruction to property
and loss of life. In violence linked to the game, two university students were killed
at Port Moresby’s Five-Mile settlement two weeks
ago after the second State of Origin
Sir Michael, who has backed a PNG team entering the Australian rugby league competition, said people had gone crazy over a game that was not played on PNG soil and not played by Papua New Guineans.
“Many times you hear wives being bashed up, TV screens smashed, big sums of money lost through bets, but at the end of the day those players are not Papua New Guineans,” he told Parliament. “Why can’t we show the same enthusiasm and support when our own people are sweating it out in the field?”
“There is no logic at all and if I had a say, I would ban the NRL from being telecast in PNG,” he said.
Source: ‘PM: We are
crazy over a game played by Aussies’, The National, 8 July 2009