Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was lampooned after a video of him accidentally tackling a boy in the midst of a friendly soccer game on Wednesday went viral.
The widely criticized cabinet leader was on the campaign trail for Australia's federal election, but his effort to curry votes in his favor earned him plenty of ridicule instead.
Morrison was participating in an under-8s game during his visit to northern Tasmania's Devonport Strikers soccer club to promote his multimillion-dollar upgrade to the club’s facilities, according to the Huffington Post.
As TV cameras looked on, Morrison kicked around with the boys and inadvertently toppled over young player Luca Fauvette.
The accidental toppling elicited "oohs" and "ahhs" from the crowd.
Though some people were skeptical of Morrison's intentions.
Meanwhile, the internet roasted the Prime Minister, big time.
Fauvette was reportedly not injured and resumed the game with a smile after the clumsy collision with Morrison.
Morrison later joked about the incident while addressing kids and parents inside the club's locker rooms.
“Where’s Luca? He’s probably gone off to hospital!” he quipped.
He added that he looked forward to “coming back on another occasion.”
“I think that when that grandstand comes down, I hear it might need a bit of a bulldozer to knock it down, so I might be able to help with that," he added, invoking his self-referential "bulldozer" nickname.
Others were more concerned about the Fauvette after being barreled over on the playing field.
Australians have long criticized their Prime Minister for his handling of multiple crises, including for his government's poor response to the 2022 Easter Australian floods, and for his failure to adequately address climate change in the country.
In 2019, He was lambasted after leaving on an unannounced Hawaiin vacation with his family during the 2019-20 bushfire disaster.
Morrison was also panned for his mishandling of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout in which only 600,000 doses were administered after he initially promised the federal government would vaccinate 4 million people within two months.
Last week, Morrison admitted after trailing in the polls, “I can be a bit of a bulldozer when it comes to issues” and suggested he would change “gears.”