Have you ever gone to a soccer game and see a fight break out?
Well, okay, it happens at some wild Euro matches with hooligans, but can you imagine that sort of hooliganizing between parents at a kids’ soccer game?
A full on brawl erupted this week between 30 parents at a youth soccer tournament in Barrie, Ontario.
The fight was a result of a call made during a boys’ under-14 game involving teams from the Kitchener Soccer Club and the Barrie Soccer Club. Parents on the sidelines disagreed with the referee’s call and things escalated when one of the parents directed a racial slur at a black family from Kitchener, said Sgt. Curt Phillips of the Barrie Police.
“The parents of both teams had an opinion of what was happening on the field and they got in a confrontation about it,” said Kim Nicholl, administrative consultant for the Barrie Soccer Club.
It got so out of hand, that tournament organizers had to call police to come and break up the fight.
We get it. We all love our kids, We’re passionate about them and want to see them succeed, but … right?
When parents fight at soccer gamem it’s time trot some reminders and highlights from Taking You Beyond The Game‘s sideline etiquette guide so we can show our kids how to win and lose with grace.