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Brawling parents mar youth football event

David Landes · 4 Jan 2011, 11:44

Published: 04 Jan 2011 11:44 GMT+01:00

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"I've been a coach for many years and it's the worst thing I've ever seen," Måns Ahlm, the trainer for the Åsums BK youth football club, told The Local.

"It was one hell of a commotion up there."

The fight broke out at the end of a semi-final match of the Alliansen indoor football (futsal) tournament, in which the 12-year-olds coached by Ahlm defeated the Wä IF football club by a score of 6-2.

But shortly after the match, the boys from Åsums had their celebrations interrupted by a disturbance in the stands.

To the horror of both players and coaches, several parents began kicking and punching each other for reasons that remain unclear.

Referee Sofia Tjernberg told the local Kristianstadsbladet that 30 to 35 people were involved in the brawl.

"It's the worst thing I've seen," she told the newspaper.

“I saw a woman who kicked a man lying down in the head several times. It was horrible to see."

Four police cars arrived on the scene to help calm things down, although no arrests were made.

The newspaper, which helps organise the tournament, called the fight the "biggest scandal" in the event's 53-year history.

"I never thought I'd see parents fighting in the stands," the paper's sports reporter Patric Nilsson wrote in an opinion article.

Åsums BK trainer Ahlm emphasised, however, that the brawl had nothing to do with the match between his team and Wä IF.

"This came down to a dispute between two fathers, one from each club," he told The Local.

"By the end, there were a lot of parents involved, but from what I could see, most of them were trying to break up the fight."

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Nevertheless, the incident was traumatic for many of the boys who looked on in disbelief as their parents and relatives fought.

"They just cried. They were in shock. They'd never seen adults fight before," said Malm.

"To get into a brawl like that at a youth tournament is just indefensible."

The teams are set to play again on Thursday in the tournament's final round. According to Malm, he and the coach of Wä IF have made a joint decision not to play the boys whose parents apparently sparked the fight.

"It's not to punish the boys. Rather, we just don't want to risk having the parents meet again," he said.

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:29 January 4, 2011 by farnoxo
parents who started the fight should be arrested and charged - an example needs to be set to these poor kids. The adult's (who were fighting) behaviour is disgusting and inexcuable given that they are supposed to be setting an example to youths about how to behave at football matches.
13:55 January 4, 2011 by Rishonim
Bingolotto watching trailer trash parents
14:52 January 4, 2011 by farnoxo
Just wondering how long it will take for the article's comment threads to turn into the usual anti-immigrant (send them all home because we want to preserve our sweet Swedish racial purity) versus anti-western (you are all satan worshipping heathens) diatribes.

Anyone willing to give me 10:1 odds this will happen after less than 5 posts :-)
15:02 January 4, 2011 by Tennessee Thunder
LMAO@OXO,,well I was gonna say looks like some Swedish pussys grew a pair..
15:30 January 4, 2011 by Swedesmith
Last week I went to a fight and a football match broke out in the stands!
16:38 January 4, 2011 by UScitizen
Some woman "kicked a man who was lying down in the head"?

"Lying down in the head"? Commas are wonderful things.

Example: "Let's eat grampa." or "Let's eat, grampa."
19:00 January 4, 2011 by sneal
I think they are punishing the poor kids that don't get to play, why wouldn't they just ban the two dad's from attending, but allow the kids to play, very sad.
04:14 January 5, 2011 by volvoman9
I have long been involved as a licensed coach and official in youth football, as well as a player in my younger life. I must say that I have never witnessed more disturbing behavior than that exhibited by the parents of the athletes.

A few years ago I relinquished all of my licensing and quit any activity in the sport. I did this out of disgust and sadness for the ruination of what is supposed to be a character building and enjoyable experience for our youth.

These parents shame us all and should have never been permitted to procreate in the first place. I've always contended that there should be a compulsory test for parenthood. ^You fail you get; You get sterilized!

My youngest son is in his first year of college on a football and academic scholarship. After one season he is ready to quit what has been a lifelong dream for him. Nothing changes with age, the parents are still there. It is crushing to see. Parents vicariously living out their sports fantasies through and at the expense of there children's welfare.
07:27 January 5, 2011 by flintis
@farnoxo:- 9 posts you were wrong. Bound to have been immigrants, especially down there in the murky infiltrated depths of the south of sweden
09:11 January 5, 2011 by Soft Boiled
"They just cried. They were in shock. They'd never seen adults fight before," said Malm.

Sure they have, kids are drip-fed it these days from the t.v, cinema and computers. Its when you find out what reality is and you cant change channels it gets scary.
08:36 January 6, 2011 by Micaela
I live in Australia and sadly we have the same problem here. It is a sad comment on the times we live in and such a terrible example to set for the children/young people. Some parents have been permanently banned from attending games.
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