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Kids' team suspended after parents attack ref

The Local · 9 May 2011, 11:57

Published: 09 May 2011 11:57 GMT+02:00

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"We have to do something to show that they can't behave like this," said youth referee trainer Bujar Fetio to broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT).

The parents took exception to an erroneous decision made by the 16-year-old referee and promptly ran after him issuing threats.

When Fetio, himself a referee with 25 years experience, made a move to intervene on behalf of the threatened teen, he was also subjected to the parents' ire.

"Then they attacked me and threatened me. The worst thing was that they attacked me physically," he told SVT.

While other parents also agreed that the referee had in fact made an incorrect decision, they condemned the reaction of their fellow parents.

"You have to try to keep a distance and remember that this is junior football. It is not exactly the World Cup final," said Håkan Palm, father of 7-year-old player, to SVT.

The decision has been taken to suspend the entire team, consisting of players aged no more than 8-years-old, from the remaining matches scheduled for the spring in order to take stand in support of the referees.

Bujar Fetio explained that the referees should be considered more "play leaders than referees" and underlined that their engagement in kids football is part of the learning process of becoming a referee.

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"In a couple of years, it will be hard to recruit referees if we get more of these types of incidents," he said.

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12:12 May 9, 2011 by technoviking
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12:14 May 9, 2011 by StockholmSam
The parents should be ashamed and embarrassed by their behavior here. I hope they are, but somehow I think they are not phased by it and blame someone else.
13:49 May 9, 2011 by SimonDMontfort
Come on, parents!! Its only a game..
14:24 May 9, 2011 by Swedesmith
Perhaps if the refs could carry tasers....
15:04 May 9, 2011 by jack sprat
This must be a World first !

An entire team of under eights suspended for the rest of the season !

Little wonder Swedens football hooligans are out of control if this is the way they bring them up.
15:25 May 9, 2011 by taffiosi
I doubt it's a world first. Bring the parents to a rugby match and see how they cope there
22:12 May 9, 2011 by tgolan
This is crazy , colective punishing the kids parents go free, The proper way to do things in to arrest charge the parents for their crime, it is a crime. Swedes are always complaining about collective punishment . but now they are using it against 8yr olds.........shame on the parents and the football bosses
23:28 May 9, 2011 by infidel2012

So it's safe to wager that the ref was a 'Real Scandinavian Swede' and let Me guess who the attackers were... Perhaps they practice a religion of peace and refuse to honor the host countries cultures and laws, as well as contribute to the working tax payers?


Muslims & Arabs, take your pick, place your bets : )
05:03 May 10, 2011 by jbat
infidel2012.. LOL.. :)

1) where is your evidence? pick base on racist RN idea? good guess!

2) not all arabs are muslims..

What about christian arabs? are they nice to you? try be rude in front of them, you are lucky if your eyes still not see stars blinking on your head!

I hate those arabs christian too.. they pretend to be arabs (yes they are arab!), wearing cross pendant everywhere and do trouble anywhere they go...do you hate them? I hate them.. lets hate this kind of arabs too!

3) you are complaining about Swedes bringing those arabs to here for their own good, put poison in the society to hate these welcome refugees by host country... so this is how you respect and honor your host country people right?

4) again.. immigrant tax payer issue.. Helloooo... anywhere you go. you pay tax.. and you are tax payer! Even if you go to communist country, you pay tax.. so what? unless you are local people, don´t talk a lot about your tax money okay! they belong to local people and it is up to them how to spent it.. give it to refugees? so what? hahaha....

p/s . This parents should be arrested be it muslims or christians or jews or whoever they are...
06:20 May 10, 2011 by volvoman9
I have been involved in the sport of football for well over 40 years. I have been a player both in my youth and as an adult and a licensed coach and referee. A few years ago I gave up my licensing for this very reason. Parents today have lost site of the purpose of youth sports. The behavior I have witnessed is shameful.

My youngest son has recently turned down a second year athletic scholarship to play for his college team over his disgust with the programs inequities. He was the starting keeper and has decided to quit the sport entirely. Pity.
09:45 May 10, 2011 by bs3eggs
why does every comment thread on this website end up discussing race and immigrants etc etc its so boring.
10:07 May 10, 2011 by Puffin
This obession with race on threads of all types is really boring - there are plenty of examples of parents acting like this from all nationalities - many sports clubs now ban parents from training - and there are actually notices up at some places warning parents that they will be kicked out if they abuse the coach/referee

I've witnessed this type of abuse myself - and all concerned were Swedes - a large 6'2 dad harassing and verbally abusing a tiny 5'/18 year old figure skating coach because his little princess was not put in the top group (might have helped if daddy dearest had bought his princess figure skates rather than trying to recycle his son's hockey skates - idiot!!!)
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