Man Confused As To Whether Punching OK Or Not

A simple forklift driver from Gowanbrae, Darren George is finding it difficult to make sense of today's topsy turvy world.

When Darren picked up the paper on Monday morning on his way to work, the front page was emblazoned with pictures of Jeff Horn, Australia's newest sporting hero. Horn defeated Manny Pacquiao to win the WBO welterweight title last Sunday.

On Thursday Jeff Horn received a ticker-tape parade through the Brisbane CBD as well as the keys to the city.

"I've never been that interested in boxing, it seems pretty brutal, but I'm happy to support any Aussie when it comes to sport," Darren says. "Everyone seemed to be stoked that an Aussie had won. It must have been the underdog thing."

But things changed when Darren saw his paper the next day. Video footage had emerged of AFL executive Ali Fahour striking an unaware opponent in a suburban football match. Darren became confused.

"They were calling this guy a thug, but I thought footy was a contact sport. Let's be real, everyone loves watching a bit of biff. It's like the crashes on motorsport.

"I don't get it. I mean, the Player of the Century, Leigh Matthews, was surely also one of the games dirtiest players, hitting blokes behind the ball. His job's fine.

"Same thing with Barry Hall after he clocked Brent Staker. Now he works for the fantasy AFL game. What's the deal?"