Soc­cer rule too harsh

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL -

I was ap­palled at the penalty given to an 11-year-old player at the re­cent Con­nor Tim­mons Me­mo­rial Soc­cer Tour­na­ment in Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

With the Riverview un­der-12 team los­ing 3-0 and 10 min­utes re­main­ing ni the game, one of its play­ers put out his hand to stop the ball.

For this in­frac­tion, he was as­sessed a red card penalty and thrown from game. In ad­di­tion, he was sus­pended from the next game.

Who makes these rules? These are chil­dren and I be­lieve the penalty is much too harsh for any child.

Wayne Can­ning Brant­ford, Ont. (for­merly of Syd­ney)

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