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Google: AFL Saints have a devilish site

Google reckons you'd be a fool to want to visit the Web site of the St. Kilda Saints' AFL team.

Punt it; it's malware!

Google reckons you'd be a fool to want to visit the Web site of the St. Kilda Saints' AFL team.

As Roger Thompson, Chief Research Officer at AVG Technologies, noted in a blog post, the footy site has been flagged with a malware warning. The result? Anyone who tries to Google their way to Saints fandom will be met with a message telling them their team's site is playing host to Internet nasties.

Would-be visitors must type the URL directly into their browser's address bar, as Google blocks direct access to the site in its search results.

The flagging is part of Google's measures to identify dangerous sites and prevent searches from landing among their sticky pages. But it seems that this time the good old Goog has ballsed it up.

As far as we can tell, there's nothing dodgy on the Saints' site -- apart from a few players sporting offensive hairstyles. So why has the site been flagged? Unfortunately, representatives from the Saints were unavailable, but Thompson from AVG's theory is that the site was hacked some time in the distant past, giving it a shady reputation with Google. Possible, but we also delight in rampant speculation and conspiracy theories, so any suggestions involving rival footy teams, bitter ex-players or site host BigPond are welcome in the comments below.