Man­ager’s tirade sparks un­der-7s chaos

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY LIANNE KOLIRIN

OF­FI­CIALS AT the Mac­cabi GB Ju­nior Foot­ball League have be­gun an in­ves­ti­ga­tion over a heated dis­pute dur­ing an un­der-sevens match.

Spec­ta­tors watched in amaze­ment as the chil­dren’s game de­scended into chaos on Sun­day af­ter­noon, af­ter a team man­ager al­legedly launched into a tirade against watch­ing par­ents and the ref­eree.

The in­di­vid­ual, who is not be­ing named, is said to have been shown a red card but re­fused to leave the side of the pitch.

Fur­ther in­ter­ven­tion was re­quired from a sec­ond ref­eree.

An­other man­ager, whose team was play­ing on an ad­join­ing pitch at The Hive in Edg­ware, north-west Lon­don, said: “Our game had to be tem­po­rar­ily sus­pended be­cause our ref was asked to go and sort it out.”

Sim­i­lar in­ci­dents have pre­vi­ously been re­ported to the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion. Lau­rence Thorne, chair­man of the Mac­cabi ju­nior league, said he could not com­ment on the in­ci­dent be­cause it is “cur­rently go­ing through the cor­rect pro­cesses”.

The episode comes less than two weeks af­ter Mr Thorne, who was him­self at The Hive when trou­ble flared on Sun­day, spoke to all par­tic­i­pat­ing club chair­men.

“I stressed the im­por­tance of en­sur­ing that clubs take re­spon­si­bil­ity in ed­u­cat­ing their man­agers and spec­ta­tors on ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Thorne, ev­ery club has a code of con­duct and the league, which en­ables 450 Jewish chil­dren to play foot­ball ev­ery week, is signed up to the FA’s Re­spect cam­paign.

He said: “The League does not con­done nor tol­er­ate bad or in­tim­i­dat­ing be­hav­iour by any man­agers or par­ents and urges ev­ery­one to unite in cre­at­ing a pos­i­tive and safe en­vi­ron­ment for our foot­ball to take place in.”

Deri An­sher, foot­ball club sec­re­tary for HMH JYC, did not com­ment on the in­ci­dent but said: “All par­ents and play­ers have to agree to club rules and a code of con­duct which are also dis­played on our web­site.

“HMH en­sures that the FA Re­spect Pol­icy is ad­hered to all times.”

Nei­ther Hen­don United Sports Club nor the FA re­sponded to re­quests to com­ment on the in­ci­dent.

PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

A li­brary im­age of an un­re­lated ju­nior foot­ball match

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