A nine-year-old pupil has been threatened with suspension by his Bedfordshire school after turning up with a new haircut inspired by Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud.
The Daily Mail reports how young Gunner Danny Purdy was sent home from Brooklands Middle School in Leighton Buzzard after showing up with a fresh cut that was based on his favourite footballer at the Emirates Stadium.
However, the boy's contemporary style was adjudged by teachers to be breaking rules on acceptable appearance and uniform policy, resulting in a warning that he faces the prospect of spending his days in isolation.
Understandably, the strict stance taken by the school prompted an angry reaction from Danny's mum Sarah, who claimed the situation is completely ridiculous.
"My son came home from school in tears saying the school told him he was not allowed in," she explained. "I spoke to them and they told me he could, but he would be put in an exclusion room away from all other children until his hair is sorted.
"All he wanted was a little confidence, and it was amazing how something as simple as a haircut did that for him, Brooklands school have taken that away from him."
After saving up £7 of his own pocket money to get the Giroud-inspired trim, the harmless haircut has spectacularly backfired and led to an unnecessary amount of aggro for everyone.
Giroud is renown for his stylish look in the wider football world and clearly caught the eye of the impressionable young boy, who can be forgiven for wanting to be like the Arsenal icon.
The France international is in the good books of the majority of Gunners supporters at the moment after his goal helped Arsene Wenger's side record a 2-0 victory over reigning Premier League champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
However, it's unfortunate that headteacher Steven Harrington-Williams took a pretty stern stance on the whole incident, which is likely to see the innocent student harshly reprimanded.
"We would have placed him in the reflection area where he would have done something," head teacher
"What happened was he came into school with a large portion of his hair shaved almost to the scalp while the rest was long," he said. "We don't expect that sort of haircut in the school.
"We would have placed him in the reflection area where he would have done something.
"The other thing that's distressing is that on the morning back from holidays, I gave a message to the whole school in what was acceptable in terms of appearance.
"We have a school policy on haircuts and unfortunately, I, as headteacher of the school, have to abide by those standards."
Perhaps the school head's sense of humour failure is because he's secretly a Citizens fan still reeling from last weekend's loss in Manchester.
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