Yesterday, we (my husband and I), attended a semi-final soccer game in Kitchener, Waterloo, in which grandson Lukas was playing.
Both teams played well. They were evenly matched and played hard to win. The game was finally determined with penalty shots. Good, clean game everyone. You did well.
I wish I could say the same about many of the parent spectators of the opposing team. The filthy language emanating from their mouths was unbelievable. They cared nothing for anyone within hearing distance. Nor did they concern themselves with their disparaging, lewd comments about the players, or playing, of the opposing team. The disgusting displays of bad behavior were finally stopped when officials warned the offending parents that they would be fined, and perhaps barred from future games if their language and physical pushing offenses were to continue.
It saddens me, because this is supposed to be team sport. It is a team-building sport, teaching discipline and respect too. We can surely enjoy the play of all participants and cheer them on. Spectators should be just that – spectators. There is no need for this kind of mean conduct. We left the game feeling dirty because of each altercation that the offending parents felt justified in displaying.
It makes me wonder how they behave at home, if this is how they behave in public. No, on second thoughts I don’t want to know.
Well done to all the excellent players. Keep up the good – clean – games.