Gibbs barred from nightclub

2012-01-24 09:09

Cape Town - Former Proteas opening batsman Herschelle Gibbs has been refused entry at a Perth nightclub because of his tattoos at the weekend, according to the website

The Perth Scorchers opener, who belted a game-high 71 off just 46 balls to steer the WA side into the T20 Big Bash final, was unable to celebrate with his team-mates at Ginger nightclub in Mt Lawley after being refused entry.

“Had a first last night..while all the lads of the Scorchers celebrated at a bar called Ginger, I wasn’t allowed in becos (sic) of my tattoos,” Gibbs wrote on his Twitter account.

The nightclub’s website states it wants patrons to “party well and dress well” and outlines “no visible tattoos or club colours allowed”.

The 37-year-old’s tattoos include an inking of a cross on his forearm and barbed wire on his upper arm.


  • estar69 - 2012-01-24 09:15

    Absolute bollocks! Is this club nuts?

      David - 2012-01-24 11:52

      Gibbs did not pitch up at the entrance smoking a joint..they would have let him in

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2012-01-24 12:25

      It's because it's an upper class club. It's not uncommon here for a black tie venu, or corporate party to have a strict dress code. Which means covering tats, square toes etc. My advise is to check the dress code before going out. :) Or just go somewhere else, seriously, mates wont leave you outside will they. Real mates will find another spot. Not worthy of a whole news report about it. What about that time I got turned away for wearing my pumas, where is the news on that... haha Cheers fellas...

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2012-01-24 12:26

      Or maybe they just want him to go back to South Africa lol

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-01-24 13:16

      @vanillasky. Gibbs is more important than you.

      Erich - 2012-01-24 14:06

      I visit my children and grandchildren in Perth regularly. If the number of tatoos is the criterium for admission, I think that this night club will not last long.

      Burtfred - 2012-01-24 18:16

      If he had arrived at the club wearing a hat with a row of dangling corks, they would have welcomed him. Aussie poephols.

      Pierre - 2012-02-10 09:36

      Bottom line is don't go to Perth. Club rules are just nuts; the people leaving him outside while they party just show the people living in Perth are also nuts. VanillaSky so you live in this dump now?

  • Raeez - 2012-01-24 09:19

    Bloody Aussies! Guess they missed out on Hersch not him missing out on the club. hahahaha

  • Deon - 2012-01-24 09:32

    Rules are rules, can't bend it.

  • SeeVeeDeeEl - 2012-01-24 09:33

    Seems like all sportsmen want to be Maoris nowadays.

      Lonne - 2012-02-10 11:26

      SeeVeeDeeEl I can only assume you are an arrogant japie that doesn't have a culture and doesn't understand the culture of other people or simply put you couldn't give a stuff about other peoples culture.

  • Tommy - 2012-01-24 09:36

    normally when a team goes out together, it is a bit of a social exercise in team-building. So i cant believe the rest of the team went ahead and partied at the club while one of them was not allowed in. I personally wouldve rallied the guys if i was his teammate and told the club its all of us or none of us and gone elsewhere.

      Craig - 2012-01-24 09:45

      You have hit the nail on the head there...

      Clive - 2012-01-24 09:58

      Tommy i would have to agree with you but maybe they were happy not to have Gibs there incase he desides to wright another book.LOL

      hannesenbrianda - 2012-01-24 11:55

      Also ask why Gibsey did not follow the rules and just cover up? Put on shirt not that hard even if you have to buy one at the shops nearby... see my other comment below as well.

      Pierre - 2012-02-10 09:45

      A couple of years back Anton Goosen (SA singer) was refused entry into a bar because he was wearing a cap. - the entire group of people with him walked out and they went to another pub - just show the type of “friends” one get in Perth.

  • Frank - 2012-01-24 09:50

    But Herschelle loves his Mr. Price Sports MaXed SLEEVELESS t-shirt (made in china) sooo much...(inspired me to get one too)

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-01-24 09:52

    I wonder whether he went home, had a glass of milk and hit the sack? Hardly; I'm sure he met up with other mates at a club that's not so full of crap.

  • Dianne - 2012-01-24 09:56

    Obviously a classy place with standards. Some people live as though the rules don't apply to them. It's very common here in SA...

      Leon - 2012-01-24 10:57

      We should have more of these classy places with set standards in south africa

  • Fahim - 2012-01-24 09:58

    Hahahaha - thats 1 of the reason I left Oz. Stayed there for 10 years and lived like a complete robot. Stupid pathetic childish rules for everything.

      Deon - 2012-01-24 10:32

      Crime is not much of a problem there, we could learn from them.

      Ian - 2012-01-24 10:50

      Crime is a problem.I had 2 close friends murdered there. 1 in Perth, 1 in Sydney. I have live in Jhb all my life and I know one affected by violent crime. touch wood.

      Bibi - 2012-01-24 11:42

      @Ian Australia has a murder rate of plus minus 28-30 (half of SA's daily number) per year and then there is a national outcry. Of course there is crime in Oz and I am sure it wil soar with all the 2nd rate immigrants that flock there.

      Joe - 2012-01-24 12:50

      Thank you for leaving Oz, Fahim. You clearly don't like rules and abiding by the law - then you would have done the right thing going to SA where you can do ANYTHING you like (kill your neighbour etc. - no childish rules for us here!) - as long as you have R50 to pay Policeman Pat to lose the docket.

      Joe - 2012-01-24 12:55

      Ian - that is some bad luck. The odds of someone being murdered in OZ are very slim, unless you're a junkie/bikie/gang-member etc. The odds of 2 friends being murdered in Oz? I'm staying away from your friends list!

  • George - 2012-01-24 10:00

    Is it cause he is black?

      Deon - 2012-01-24 10:38

      His black tattoo's.

      Bibi - 2012-01-24 11:43

      Gibbs is NOT black

      Bibi - 2012-01-24 12:32

      Huh??! He is slightly coloured, but black he ain't.

  • Trevor - 2012-01-24 10:14

    Surely they knew that at that bar you should close up your tattoos.Sounds to me more like a setup.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-01-24 10:15

    So whats the problem is Gibbs some sort of "SPECIAL" case that he is above the rules? if their rule is no visible Tattoo's then either cover them up or find somewhere else to go. this is a non story. I see we have a lot of comments from people who obviously have never been outside the country and have no idea of what they talking about.

      don.ruffels - 2012-01-24 11:23

      Do not tar everyone with the same brush - I have toured 17 States in the USA - England, France, Argentina - the whole of South Africa and Zimbabwe. I have ticked the disliked part of your comment. It is probably a rule in that nightclub, but the entrance should be allowed if given the chance to cover the tattoos up and entry allowed. As for his team mates - they certainly were not his mates either. Yes Gibbs is a good ambassador for South Africa so in a way he is SPECIAL

      hannesenbrianda - 2012-01-25 02:33

      Don, Gibbs is no more special than anyone else in Australia. When in Rome do like the Romans, follow te rules. There is no strings that can be pulled ... this is not South African.

  • Shirley - 2012-01-24 10:17

    When in Rome..... He doesnt seem too upset by this,its part of touring different countries and abiding by their rules. Media is making a storm in a tea cup. At the end of the day it comes down to respecting different cultures and lifestyles and Im sure they have their reasons.

  • johncarlos.biza - 2012-01-24 10:19

    I was at a cafe/club in Camps Bay last year and he went in wearing a shirt with a naked Naomi Campbell printed on it

  • Comrade - 2012-01-24 10:22

    duh...if it says NO TATOO's ...what do you expect!

  • Jason - 2012-01-24 10:22

    The most shocking thing about this article is that the nightclub's name is 'Ginger'

  • Roy - 2012-01-24 10:41

    Well done to the club. Gibbs is an embarrassment to any team and his attitude is pathetic. He most probably used the 'colour" thing when he was denied entry?

      Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-01-24 10:45

      Stop sniffing for racial controversy when there's none. How can you speculate about somebody using the race card when he made it very clear that it was only about the tattoos?

      Bob - 2012-01-24 11:11

      Don't talk crap Roy, I think Gibbs comes across as proud of his skin, not one of these guys that has a huge chip on his shoulder.

  • Ian - 2012-01-24 10:47

    haha, thats Oz for you. Most clubs, restaurants woont let you in if you have been drinking. And a whole lot of other laws. Nanny state of note

      Joe - 2012-01-24 12:44

      That's horrible! The clubs don't allow drunk f*&kers in? They are a silly nany state, aren't they? They should let in drunk louts, wif guns and everyfink, and have shootouts - like the real manne here in SA do!

  • Hendrik - 2012-01-24 10:54

    One can only hope that NO All Black, Fiji, Tonga or Samoa rugby player ever tries to go and have a drink at that Ninnie pub.....

      Bibi - 2012-01-24 11:44

      It was not because of colour.

      Lynton - 2012-01-24 11:59

      @Bibi. I think Hendrick was pointing out that the people from those countries are usually full of tattoos.

      Bibi - 2012-01-24 12:36

      Haha, I clearly do not remember a lot of tats on those rugby players and I am quite a fan of the AB's and islanders.

      Heiku - 2012-01-24 12:51

      Bibi - Sit down before you hurt yourself.

  • Michelle - 2012-01-24 10:58

    What a crock of sh@t!!! Does having tattoos make him a bad person? Don't think so!!

      hannesenbrianda - 2012-01-25 02:37

      The requirement to cover tattoos is to address gang related violence. Another story where people comment without understanding.

  • Cliff - 2012-01-24 11:05

    what a joke - typical Australian regiMENTAL crap!

  • Bibi - 2012-01-24 11:39

    Think before you ink :) I know of quite a few clubs where visible tatoos are not allowed.

  • Gregory - 2012-01-24 11:46

    If their Website states it clearly, and you wanna go, cover up, or find a more inviting place to party? Not saying it's right (the club rule), but if that's it and it's within the confines of the Australian law, suck it up I guess

  • hannesenbrianda - 2012-01-24 11:52

    Welcome to Australia Gibbsey here the same rules applies to everyone no matter who you think you are, what political connections you have or what your status in life is. If you take some time to think about it, this is how it should be. There is a good reason for this rule; tattoos are used by bikey gangs to distinguish their members and lots of criminal activity are commited by these gangs including drug trade and gang fights and even murders are common in Australia as the gangs protect their turf and try to expanse their turf. By forcing people with tattoos to cover up, it is possible to reduce the tension. Good call Ginger nightclub!

      Phil - 2012-01-24 12:09

      Hannes you waste your time trying to talk sense with SA residents. They spend half of their lives skulking behind electric fencing and razor wire ...another large part wondering how the hell they are going to get a visa to get the hell out ..then they make dumb-assed comments about a high class night club in a good country wanting to avoid Bikey violence !!! I think they need to focus more on the toilet that they are so "proud" of.

  • The-third - 2012-01-24 11:53

    heehe. backwater for sure.

  • colin85 - 2012-01-24 12:27

    just wear a shirt

  • nasheenar - 2012-01-24 13:05

    Oh tut..tut ..tut he can put it in his next book.

  • roberta.keeling - 2012-01-24 13:22

    I'm not supporter of tattoos, but this is absolute B/S. Not very intelligent people these Aussies are they?

      Phil - 2012-01-24 13:44

      For a bunch of "not very intelligent people" they appear to live in a country that is FAR superior to the cesspit that SA has become.

      George - 2012-01-24 17:21

      Well talk about intelligent, Aussies were still panning for gold when SA were sinking shafts and the Aussies only caught up on that about 50 years later

      Burtfred - 2012-01-24 18:19

      @ Phil Our magnificent country, South Africa, is not the cesspit. The cesspit is at 54 Sauer Street, Johannesburg. It is called Luthuli House.

      Phil - 2012-01-25 00:37

      @Burtfred "Our magnificent country, South Africa " Rape and murder capital of the world Being raped by the politicians HIV/AIDS ridden Living behind electric fences and razor wire Racist to the very core Failed Health care 40% unemployment Crap education Electricity supply falling over Pothole filled roads Did I miss any of the features of our "magnificent country"

      Phil - 2012-01-25 00:41

      @ George " Aussies were still panning for gold when SA were sinking shafts " You know little about mining george ..Gold in Aus is generally very close to the surface ...deep mining is not needed ..they still have few shafts even today.

  • George - 2012-01-24 17:18

    I wanted to emigrate to Australia, then they asked me if I had a criminal record. I said I did not know I needed one. Aussies all decedents of the British criminals and outcasts. The Auzzies should be called POME as it stands for prisoner of mother England

      Joe - 2012-01-25 00:55

      Very enlightening, George. That's one we hadn't heard before.........! Quite rich, actually, talking about crime and criminals as a way-of-life, and ironically in the context of SA-vs-Aus. Are you arguing for the defence or the plaintiff? Australia had criminals 150 years ago - seems like they've cleaned up pretty well. SA is obviously 150 years behind in that department - but we're making up for lost time pretty well. Yes, Australia, we're not jealous of you at all - we've got more criminals than you've ever had! Don't worry about your criminal record - it's your spelling record (decedents?) that's stopping the immigration authorities from issuing your visa.

      hannesenbrianda - 2012-01-25 02:28

      Without a criminal record? That will disqualify you for parlementary duty in SA as well then. Your options seems to be limited, shame. The majority of Aussies are first or second generation immigrants like me - without a criminal record.

  • Fahim - 2012-01-25 07:59

    January 24th, 2012 Travel review and social networking giant Tripadvisor has named Cape Town as the best desintination in the world for the second year in a row. The Mother City beat out Australia's Sydney into the second spot, with Machu Picchu coming in third, Paris in fourth and Rio de Janeiro in fifth, while London picked up eighth position.

      Phil - 2012-01-25 09:44

      Fahim. I am going to try and explain this slowly take your time. The places you want to go to on holiday are NOT always the places you want to LIVE in. How would you like to live in Machu Picchu which finished 3rd? If you want to know the best places to LIVE ...check out the Mercer guide to the most liveable cities in the world....the Mercer guide is a well respected ranking system which is done by EXPERTS. I like Cape Town Cape but it may barely get in the top 100 ...and toilets like Johannesburg are down there with Mogadishu. Australia's cities constantly finish in the top ten. Now you may not like it that Australia's cities are among the ten best in the world to live in ...but that is a fact.

      Fahim - 2012-01-25 17:27 The latest figures show that migrants are leaving Australia in record numbers. There are those who want to stay, and those who can't wait to leave. The grass is supposed to be greener, but it seems ‘the sunburnt country’ is losing its appeal. Last year alone the number of people coming here to live dropped by nine per cent to 127,000. As well as that 88,000 left, planning to never return. That's double the number of a decade ago.

      Phil - 2012-01-26 00:47

      Fahim , I am NOT promoting Australian cities ..just pointing out some simple facts that Aussie cities CONSTANTLY finish in the top Ten worldwide best places to live. SA cities constantly finish at the bottom ....right down there with Lusaka and Mogadishu. So throwing stones at the best cities in the world ...when you live in the toilet of Gauteng is only advertising your lack of smarts. It just looks dumb Australia is everything South Africans want SA to be ....but isn't.

      Fahim - 2012-01-27 09:25

      Phil - I agree with you that Oz has cities in the top 10 and they deserve it. 4 out of 10 is brilliant. Melbourne and Sydney are amazing cities, but if you want to talk facts than I'm just going to have to correct you on something you said. S.A has 3 cities in the top 100 most livable cities in the world and guess what... JHB is one of them and so is PE and ofcoarse CT. Up there among top european and American cities which also fall in the 100.

      Phil - 2012-01-27 14:24

      "S.A has 3 cities in the top 100 most livable cities in the world " As I said ...down there with Lusaka and Mogadishu. Nowhere near any australian city.

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