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Went to watch my 13 year old nephew play football for the first time yesterday and I was disgusted with what I saw. Manager/assistant manager abusing the young referee and making threats to break his jaw, dads on the touch inline giving abuse to the referee and kids “play acting” and rolling around on the floor. Is this a one off or the norm? Took my nine year old to watch but don’t think I will again. 

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1 hour ago, Finn balor said:

Went to watch my 13 year old nephew play football for the first time yesterday and I was disgusted with what I saw. Manager/assistant manager abusing the young referee and making threats to break his jaw, dads on the touch inline giving abuse to the referee and kids “play acting” and rolling around on the floor. Is this a one off or the norm? Took my nine year old to watch but don’t think I will again. 

Wasn't that bad when my lad was playing but the worst thing I saw, strangely enough, was from a father of one of his team-mates against their own coach. The lad was very big and gangly and loved his footie but was uncoordinated and frankly a shite player who they always took along as sub and gave ten/fifteen minutes to if the result was decided either way. His dad normally worked week-ends so was never there but turned up for one game that was very tight so as time was ticking by and his kid wasn't being used you could see him getting more and more irritated and he eventually just lost it completely, swearing and cursing at the coach at the top of his voice (in front of 25/26 10/11 year olds) and threatening violence, was astonishing.

Not a new thing though, I can remember when I was about ten and my dad ran the team I played for we had a "title decider" against our fiercest rivals (Pyrford Reds, had to be reds didn't it); we were at home so the ref would usually be one of our coaches (dads). Because of the rivalry my dad decided to bring in a qualified ref as a one-off so there could be no accusations of bias. We won the game 3-1. Afterwards one of their lot said to one of our main coach (as mild mannered a man as I've ever met and he was my company MD for 17 years in later life). "You had the breaks and the ref on the day..." which George took exception to and that escalated and nearly led to an all in punch up as well:lol:.

We won the title though, I even have a pic of my good self holding the trophy as evidenceB).

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