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Two Soccer Teams Break into Fight at Memorial Day Tournament

A Marlboro man punched a soccer coach in the face, police said.

Ptl. Kevin Ruditsky and many other Manalapan police officers responded to the football field on Sunday, May 27 at approximately 1 p.m. for a report of a fight between two soccer teams that were competing in the Manalapan Soccer Club Memorial Day Tournament, Lt. Mike Fountain of the said.

Police officers discovered that the players of the two teams began fighting after the soccer game had completed and the players had lined up to shake hands.

A 48-year-old soccer coach of one of the teams that was involved in the fight began to restrain some players, Fountain said. Upset at the way his son was being restrained by the coach, a 44-year-old Marlboro man punched the coach in the face with a closed fist, according to a police report. The coach was not injured.

Shortly after the assault, all involved parties scattered. No one wished to file any criminal complaints. Since there were no official complaints or any arrests, police can not reveal the names of the individuals involved in the incident.

"Each person involved could potentially be a victim," Lt. Fountain said.

Pat May 30, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Too bad these parents didn't show the same energy towards math and science for their kids. Endless sports, raising funds for turf fields, doing everything to get a D1 scholarship. Meanwhile the Chinese and Indians are graduating tons of scientists and engineers. Got to love the sportsmanship and the example set for a youth soccer match!
xaxaxa May 31, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Back in the day the father would've walked up and punched his kid, not the coach restraining him .....
Futbol May 31, 2012 at 01:52 PM
The story is very sparse on facts. Maybe the parent who allegedly punched the other team's coach saw his son being touched inappropriately. The fact that no charges were filed speaks for itself - get on with your lives.
Steven Waldman June 02, 2012 at 04:00 PM
My daughter played at this tournament and I watched several games in between the games she played. Yes, there was some ugliness at these games but for the most part, I was impressed by the sportsmanship and play at the games I watched. For part of a boy's game I watched, a team scored a goal and you would have thought they just won the World Cup. I asked the goalie of the team that scored what the score was and he replied, we are losing 4-1 and we just wanted to score one goal. The game ended a minute later. This should be the spirit of these games. My daughter is in the same age group as the one where the players were fighting. I must say that I was appalled by the behavior of some of the players and some of the parents. As mentioned above, the refs need to take control of the game including the players and parents. Having a 16 year old curse at a ref and dispute call after call is just unacceptable. It is up to the ref to control that. There are something called yellow and red cards and that is how you control players that are out of control. It really shouldn't have to come to that but that is the world we live in. There are players antagonizing other players to throw them off their game and to get them to foul with a response. One girl called an opposing player's mom a whore. Where does this come from? I then turned around and looked up at the stands at the parents who were yelling at the refs and their players and it was clear where this came from.
Technokat July 31, 2012 at 11:05 AM
Yes, year-round sports are time-consuming, but the real question is why are we having ANY youth sports tournaments on Memorial Day? Memorial Day isn't a holiday so that people can play sports. It's a national holiday so that people can remember veterans of wars. If people would rather not acknowledge the reason for the holiday, perhaps they should all go to work like it's any other day, and their children should all be in school for this day since it obviously means nothing. Don't tell me that they have "special" moments of silence or patriotic songs to celebrate the day just before these matches begin. How about the kids go visit veterans instead of playing games? THAT should be the focus of the day.

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