Violence in amateur football: “Parents are freaking out, thinking they have the future Mbappé” – Ouest-France evening edition

By the evening edition, with Agence France-Presse (AFP)

This Wednesday, the amateur football club Athletic Club Boulogne-Billancourt decided to cancel all training sessions in the face of the resurgence of verbal and physical violence by the parents of young players. A scourge, more and more present at a time of overmediatization of this sport.

This is called scoring. This Wednesday, April 13, the Athletic Club Boulogne-Billancourt (ACBB), an amateur football club, decided to remove all training sessions, in all age categories. However, the ACBB has 1,200 licensees divided into 50 teams. Reason is beyond understanding. Parents of players have multiplied, since the start of the season, verbal and physical attacks on educators. Fights, insults, interventions on the field in the middle of a match. From U7s (under 7 years old) to the older ones. The latest was on Saturday April 9, when the parent of a young player deliberately insulted the coach during a game.

Amateur football is regularly marred by numerous cases of aggression, physical or verbal, between players or against referees or coaches. “Our action aims to raise everyone’s awareness of these unacceptable behaviors”, indicates the club on its social networks. A very strong message from one of the best amateur teams in France.

“Some can really freak out”

Contacted, the president of the club told us that he no longer wanted to communicate because of the many media requests. But he spoke to our colleagues from Parisian : “Some parents do not accept that their son is a substitute and have inappropriate attitudes, he explains. If the parents do not accept this, how can their children understand? »

An educator continues, still quoted by The Parisian : “The big problem in football comes from the parents. They think they have the future Mbappé and that they are going to buy a villa with their son’s money. »

In an interview also given to Parisianeducator Thibaut Petitjean, ACBB U14 coach adds: “Some people can really freak out with emotion. When we find ourselves in this situation, we tell ourselves that it is not our role to police. »

The French Football Federation (FFF), which lists such incidents each season, has put in place a series of repressive measures, ranging from suspension for the players or spectators involved to criminal measures put in place with the prefects or the prosecution. for the most serious acts. Behind closed doors, during certain training sessions, are in particular envisaged. Sad times.

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