Dollard des Ormeaux | A young soccer referee is attacked by a spectator

A young referee was attacked by a spectator during a football match between two teams of amateur players under the age of 14 on Saturday in Dollard-des-Ormeaux in western Montreal Island.

Posted at 3:37pm
Updated at 4:02 p.m

Luise Leduc

Luise Leduc
The press

In the filmed scene, a man can be seen verbally attacking a referee from the stands. It then descends onto the field where escalation occurs. Punches are exchanged before other spectators quickly step in and throw the attacker to the ground.

It seems nobody was hurt.

The game, Soccer Quebec confirmed, pitted the Saint-Laurent team against the Haut-Richelieu team.

It was Claude-Hervé Diesse, football coach at Celtix du Haut-Richelieu, who posted the video on Twitter. “It was passed on to me by a relative so we know. »

Originally, he says, he thought of keeping this video to himself so as not to disturb the youth present. “Then I said to myself that we need to raise awareness in the community. »

He heard the attacker started insulting the referee during an equalizer. “What he said verbally was already intense enough that someone started filming the scene,” he says.

“Unacceptable! commented Isabelle Charest, Minister of Education responsible for sports issues.

“Instead of attacking the referees, we should encourage them,” the minister wrote on Twitter. I appeal to all parents, let’s all be ambassadors of sportsmanship, violence is unacceptable, period!

In a press release, Soccer Quebec said it “strongly denounced this act of violence that has no place anywhere”.

“The most important thing for us was to make sure that the young referee was okay given the circumstances and that he was well surrounded,” said Mathieu Chamberland, general manager of Soccer Quebec. But I unreservedly condemn this aggression and remind you that there is no reason, really no reason, to justify attacking an officer, it is zero tolerance. »

The incident happened during a game in which two U14 men’s teams took part. The referees will stop play immediately, as provided in the Rules, if the safety of the referees is threatened. “Reviews are underway to seize our disciplinary authorities,” says Soccer Quebec.

Referee director Nathanael de Wilde reminds that one incident of this kind is one incident too many. “Referees need to feel safe while on duty across Quebec, they are part of the game,” he said. Even more so in cases where young people are studying. They need people’s support and encouragement. »

Soccer Quebec invites witnesses to incidents of violence against a referee to respond and report the aggression to the appropriate authorities. “Without referees there is no game, no competition. »

The Montreal Police Department notes that no complaint has been filed to date.

In March, the house chairman of the Nordet de la Haute-Gaspésie (an ice hockey team) left his post to attack the officials at a game, who then overpowered him. He was charged with assault and arrested by the police.

That’s what the DG of Hockey Quebec, Jocelyn Thibault, had hinted at Sun that this type of gesture is on the rise in Quebec since the return to the game after the pause caused by COVID-19.

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