Incivility Takes a Beating

By: Mr. Wilson on September 19, 2006
So, wow. Yesterday I mentioned an incident here in Lincoln involving some angry soccer moms and a youth referee, and I hinted that there would be repercussions. Little did I know! I really wish I could spill the details, but I can't. Err, well, I can, but I shouldn't. What I will say is this: The two women have been identified, which means the ugly possibility of having to punish all of the team's parents won't be an issue. The women will probably not be permitted to attend youth soccer matches anywhere in the state for the rest of the season, if not longer. And last but not least, law enforcement may yet get involved. If that's not the definition of a bitch-slap, I don't know what is.


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Mr. T
September 19, 2006 at 1:20PM

I am glad to hear they were able to identify the individuals. It would have been too much to collectively punish all the parents (and by extension their kids) for the acts of a few rotten apple types. Likely, there were parents on the teams that were probably critical of the actions of the few as well. This kind of social punishment should do the trick. But is law enforcement necessary? Well I wasn’t there and don’t know how egregious the actions were, bnt I would hope that the punishment you already described is sufficient to stamp out this sort of behavior.

This whole story reminds me of the debate over liability for over the top sports related conduct (in some countries this is a crime), but that’s a whole other can of worms.

Mr. Wilson
September 19, 2006 at 1:38PM

But is law enforcement necessary?

Based on what I know about the incident, no. But the referee’s parents probably want to cover their bases, and filing a police report is a good way to do that. It’s doubtful any serious charges would be filed, but I could see a ticket for disturbing the peace or something along those lines.

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