UK Youth Soccer Coach Faces Five Year Ban for Spitting on Rival During Match

They take their youth soccer very seriously in the United Kingdom.  So much so that the adults involved sometimes get a little overly excited and do things that they wouldn’t normally do . . . like spitting in another man’s face. Oh, and head butting him, too. That’s probably not a good thing either for the kids to see.

On the plus side, the Brits take the game so seriously that an adult committing those sins will not be on the sidelines for years to come.

Arguments flared between the two dug-outs after an alleged two-footed, dangerous challenge by a BT player on an Almondsbury boy.  After a verbal exchange, Mr Collins spat in Mr Wenham’s face. Father-of-three Mr Wenham said: “He then came up to me, squared up to me and head-butted me. Unfortunately, I lost my footing and slipped over.  “I just didn’t expect it. The spitting was the worst bit. It’s just a disgusting thing to do. “It’s a terrible example to set to lads who were playing.”

The 46-year-old, whose son Joe was playing for Almondsbury, added: “The lads all flew in and eventually we managed to get them away from it all.  “After it had died down the ref called me and our manager Steve Hall over and he said ‘lads, I don’t know what you want to do, but I’ve seen everything there. This is the worst thing I’ve seen in 20 years of football’.”

Manager spat at rival youth coach (This is Bristol)