17 Nov 2012

NZ Football apologise to kids for no-show

10:29 am on 17 November 2012

New Zealand Football has apologised after All Whites' players reportedly went clubbing in Shanghai following a match against China, then failed to turn up for a breakfast with young fans.

The New Zealand Herald says NZF chairman Frank van Hattum showed up to the event on Thursday morning without any of the team who played in a 1-1 draw with China the previous night, leaving expatriate Kiwi children disappointed.

It said New Zealand businessman Howard Moore complained on his Facebook page that the team had squandered a chance to build goodwill among supporters with the no-show at the event organised by expat organisation Kea.

NZF did not say whether players had attended the club, but issued a statement saying it did not know that players were expected at the function.

It says they were unaware that the breakfast had been promoted on the Kea China website and apologised to the fans that turned up to see them.