Origin a ‘ cult’ for PNG fans
WILD violence, drunken brawls and fatal road accidents have sparked a call for PNG to ban the live screening of State of Origin matches.
Government officials in the rugby league- mad country are being pressured to stop Origin telecasts to help save the lives of “crazy” fans.
At least three people were killed during this year’s Origin series in the country’s north and near the capital, Port Moresby.
A further five people died in a tragic truck accident near Mt Hagen, and houses and businesses damaged by angry rival fans.
Enga provincial police commander acting Superintendent George Kakas told The National newspaper rugby league matches were “of no benefit” to PNG citizens.
Supt Kakas compared the passion of PNG State of Origin fans to a “cult” where people worshipped and sacrificed their lives for the cause.
At a village near Wabag, youths reportedly threw rocks at each other following the decider, where Queensland thumped NSW 52- 6.
“Now the young generation are painting their faces with the Blues and Maroons colours and start getting excited one day before the game starts,” Supt Kakas said.