Boy, 12, is suspended from school after getting Ronaldo Nazário’s infamous 2002 haircut

Boy, 12, is suspended from school after getting Ronaldo Nazário’s infamous 2002 haircut – and isn’t allowed back until he has a full shave

  • Alfie Ransom, 12, got an experimental haircut to honour legend Ronaldo Nazário
  • The young pupil however, was sent home from Sirius West Academy in Hull
  • His mother Emma Shaw says she sees no problem with the fun, harmless haircut 

A 12-year-old got kicked out of school when he opted to pay tribute Brazilian football legend Ronaldo Nazário – with a rogue buzzcut which left only a triangle of hair exposed. 

Alfie Ransom asked his mother to give him the experimental chop – which had sports enthusiasts raising eyebrows when the striker debuted it at the 2002 World Cup, 20 years ago – after England won their first game in Qatar on Monday.

But the football fan’s ode to his hero was lost on the faculty at Sirius West Academy in Hull.

The pupil’s mother Emma Shaw said she yesterday received a phone call from the school, informing her that Alfie was being sent home for breaching rules.

Alfie Ransom, 12 (pictured) got kicked out of school when he opted to pay tribute Brazilian football legend Ronaldo Nazário

Alfie Ransom, 12 (pictured) got kicked out of school when he opted to pay tribute Brazilian football legend Ronaldo Nazário

The infamous haircut had sports enthusiasts raising eyebrows when the striker debuted it at the 2002 World Cup, 20 years ago

The infamous haircut had sports enthusiasts raising eyebrows when the striker debuted it at the 2002 World Cup, 20 years ago

She questioned the secondary school on how his haircut would affect the boy’s learning, especially as it wasn’t too impractical – but they insisted that it violated uniform rules and he wouldn’t be allowed to come back until it was fully shaved off.

‘Nowadays, schools are all about accepting people for who they are and encouraging people to be unique and themselves,’ Emma, 32, said. ‘How is this any different?’

Alfie’s mother says Ronaldo is one of her son’s favourite players, and that the haircut made him ‘really happy and confident’. 

Emma also sees no harm in embracing the spirit of the World Cup, and finding style inspiration – unconventional as it may be – in public figures. 

Alfie asked his mother for the haircut on Monday

He got the trim as an ode to a football hero

Ronaldo is one of Alfie’s favourite players, and his mother said the haircut made him ‘really happy and confident’. Alfie’s chop pictured left and right

In 2018 revealed that the infamous hair-do was actually a deliberate distraction tactic to dissuade viewers from discussing his injuries at the time

In 2018 revealed that the infamous hair-do was actually a deliberate distraction tactic to dissuade viewers from discussing his injuries at the time

‘Even since I was a kid, there were always trends according to what pop stars and celebrities were doing- we would go crazy for the stars,’ she said.

In 2018 revealed that the infamous hair-do was actually a deliberate distraction tactic to dissuade viewers from discussing his injuries at the time.

‘I’m not proud about the hair itself because it was pretty strange. But it was a good way to change the subject,’ he said, as reported by ESPN.

‘Alfie’s friends loved the haircut,’ the mother added. ‘He likes school and wanted to go as normal but he won’t be allowed to go back until he’s shaved it all off, which is ridiculous because it won’t affect his learning one bit.’ 

A torn Emma admitted that while she understands the importance of having rules in place, having Alfie’s head shaved ‘will make him feel sad’.

Alfie asked his mother to give him the experimental chop after England won their first game in Qatar on Monday

Alfie asked his mother to give him the experimental chop after England won their first game in Qatar on Monday

‘He’s confident with how he looks now and I don’t want to force him,’ she explained. ‘However, it is important for him to be in school and if they won’t let him back until it’s shaved, I don’t know what to do.’

The school’s uniform policy – a five page document – says that ‘hairstyles must be appropriate for Academy life’.

‘Extreme’ looks, such including ‘a Mohican, shaved “tram” lines or unnatural hair colour’ are not permitted. 

The only hair accessories permitted appear to be a ‘bobble’ or ‘small headband’. 

MailOnline has reached out to Sirius West Academy for comment.

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