Tuesday , July 27 2021

Players who were young as 11 were caught in violence

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Children under the age of 11 were abandoned for football matches due to violent or unpleasant incidents, the Herald can detect.

Dublin and the District Schoolboys League (DDSL) confirmed in a statement yesterday that seven games have been abandoned in the past six weeks.

It is understood that of those, three were under 12 games and one under 13.

One under 14 players, under 15 games and less than 16 games are also abandoned due to unpleasant incidents.


The League condemned violence, which sometimes included adults who had left the children and were promised to apply fines and suspensions to the guilty.

She was afraid that an increase in violence could lead to serious injuries.

"On several occasions, adults are now involved in these incidents, ending with verbal or physical hitting them in young players," the statement said.

"Instead of setting a good example, unfortunately, in a growing number of cases, the choice is to be verbally abused or to resort to violence."

The source says that from the DDSL statement, the league got full support from the clubs in its bid to eliminate violence in the matches. The school league – the largest in the country – runs more than 25,000 games per year, most of which play in the right spirit.

"If one game leaves for violence that is too much a game," the source said, adding that players, parents and coaches who turn into violence have no place in DDSL or sports in general.

The league said players involved in such incidents were required to have a six-week suspension.

They said the club was fine and that for the first offense a six-point penalty would be imposed, and for a subsequent offense the team would be dismissed for at least one division.

"Any further event will result in the team being completely removed from the league, and eventually by the club."

DDSL president Paddy Dempsey told RTE yesterday that the players were affected by adult action.

"If this happened on the street, they would be arrested and accused of being attacked," he said, adding: "It must be understood that it is not acceptable in society, is in fact not acceptable in sports and even more with children's football."

Gardai said they did not comment on the named organizations, but if a lawsuit was filed in connection with the criminal offense they would investigate.

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