The Elite Fighting Championship: Double Impact event was supposed to take place at the Chase Sports and Fitness Centre in Westcliff on Saturday. However, a council spokesman said on Friday:
“Unfortunately we have had to ask for this mixed Thai and boxing event to be cancelled due to fundamental concerns over child protection.
“This centred around the apparent age of the children competing in this event.”Yes. That's all.
Oh, that and they had the nerve to fail to genuflect and ask their ruler's permission, of course:
The spokesman said had the council been involved from the beginning the outcome may have been different.Oh, really? So, it's not really the age you object to at all, it's that they had the temerity to think they could do something without involving the State?
He said: “Then we would have been able to raise our concerns over the age of some competitors; the event organiser could have perhaps has a modified format, allowing it to go-ahead.”Even better - this was a charity event.
The poster for the Westcliff bouts features pictures of both children and adults, and advertised it as being a mixed “muay thai, K1 and boxing event” which was donating money to the Macmillan Cancer Support Fund./golfclap for Southend Council there, then...