Borat ban makes headlines in UK, Australia

01:43, Jan 31 2009

The police ban on Borat-style mankinis at the Wellington rugby sevens tournament has made news around the world.

British tabloid The Sun pounced on the story today under the headline: "Borat mankini in crack down".

"New Zealand cops have slapped a ban on Borat fans wearing his trademark 'mankini' to a rugby competition in a bid to protect kids' innocence," the story said, next to a photo of the offending item.

Wellington police Inspector Kevin Riordan sent a message yesterday to fans attending this weekend's tournament that they would be turned away if they showed up in the luminous, revealing swimsuit made famous by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen.

"It's a family event and there will be children there," Mr Riordan said, appealing to fans to have "a sense of decency".

The Sydney Morning Herald also liked the story in its sports section under the heading: "Mankini crackdown", while rival the Daily Telegraph ran the story alongside a photo of the actor in his mankini.

Mr Riordan said about 100 police were working on the police operation for the sevens, including drafting in some extra staff from Hawke's Bay, Gisborne and Palmerston North.