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Youth soccer: Adult bad behavior not new

In response to Laurence Reisman’s column April 28, “12-year-old soccer near Vero Beach: Relatives fight on field; kid cusses out ref”:

Over 30 years ago, my filming an Under 9 (year-old) game caught a parent coming onto the field to spit in the referee’s face, his son injured running headlong into the goalie, whose team was up 6-0. (The Florida Youth Soccer Association eliminated the parent from viewing any game in any club forever.)

Sadly, at the same time, the best youth soccer ref in Dade County was punished for not remembering to remove his Florida High School Athletics Association patch from his uniform when he should have been wearing his US Soccer Federation patch for that game.

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