Parents Banned From Sideline for Behavior at Kids’ Soccer Game

April 21st, 2009 by admin


The parents of a traveling Maryland girls soccer team were forced to watch their kids play from 100 yards away Sunday as a punishment for their behavior at a previous game, the Washington Post reported.

The Washington Area Girls Soccer League banned the parents from the sidelines for two games after a parent from the Bethesda Legacy travel team approached an assistant referee following a call at the end of last season.

After several snide remarks and a parent starting to “raise his voice,” another Bethesda parent reportedly yelled at the referee’s daughter, “Your father should be fired!” according to minutes of a disciplinary hearing.

The referee was a parent from the Springfield Youth Club’s Xplosion and called an offside violation on a Bethesda player, the Post reported.

The league’s disciplinary committee ruled the parents violated the league’s code of conduct, the Post reported.

“There was a game where our parents were a little bit vocal about the refereeing. . . . Things can get emotional, but you have to keep up the sportsmanlike spirit,” Legacy’s manager, Mark Lauda, told the Post. “We’re not a problem team at all. It was just one thing that happened.”

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