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Spectator Incidents

Spectator Misconduct, 2011
NCYSA received a report stating that Spectator came onto the field during an altercation between two players, put a player in a headlock and began swinging at the player.

Findings of the Panel:

  • Spectator entered the field of play without the permission from the referee.
  • Contact between Spectator and a player from the other team occurred.
  • Spectator’s actions were a violation of NCYSA’s Code of Conduct policy.
  • The panel determined that the contact between Spectator and the player from the opposing team was intentional, regardless of its intended nature.

Sanctions:

  • Spectator was immediately suspended from all NCYSA sanctioned events for the remainder of the 2011 season through the 2012 spring season.

Spectator Misconduct, 2006
4 Spectators were involved in a fight on the sidelines at a match. A stadium ban was initiated immediately following the incident at the next match, in which only one adult associated with each team (that being the team’s coach listed on the official roster) is allowed at the match. Other adults were allowed in the Complex parking lot only. A hearing was scheduled to address specific spectator’s actions.

Sanctions:

Spectator #1:
Spectator was suspended for four matches. He must also serve a two-year probationary period, during which he may attend his son’s matches. During the probationary period, any violation of NCYSA rules or Code of Conduct will result in double (8 matches) the original four-match sanction in addition to any new penalties stemming from the violation that broke the probation.
Spectator must also write a letter of apology to the children on both teams.

Specator #2:

Spectator was suspended for two matches. Spectator must also serve a six-month probationary period, during which he may attend his son’s matches. During the probationary period, any violation of NCYSA rules or Code of Conduct will result in double (4 matches) the original two-match sanction in addition to any new penalties stemming from the violation that broke the probation.
Spectator must also write a letter of apology to the children on both teams.

Spectator #3:

Spectator was suspended for two matches. Spectator must also serve a six-month probationary period, during which she may attend her son’s matches. During the probationary period, any violation of NCYSA rules or Code of Conduct will result in double (4 matches) the original two-match sanction in addition to any new penalties stemming from the violation that broke the probation.
Spectator must also write a letter of apology to the children on both teams.

Spectator #4:

Spectator was suspended for two matches. Spectator must also serve a six-month probationary period, during which she may attend her son’s matches. During the probationary period, any violation of NCYSA rules or Code of Conduct will result in double (4 matches) the original two-match sanction in addition to any new penalties stemming from the violation that broke the probation.
Spectator must also write a letter of apology to the children on both teams.
Son of Spectator #1 and Spectator #3:
Must write a letter to NCYSA explaining what he has learned from the incident.

Son of Spectator #2 and Spectator #4
Must write a letter to NCYSA explaining what he has learned from the incident.

 

Spectator Misconduct, 2011
Supplemental match reports filed by the referee and assistant referee contain allegations of referee abuse and referee assault.The report stated that after being sent off, the coach said, "I hope you die” to the referee. At that point, the referee terminated the game. Parents from the club continued to harass the referee by saying things such as, "I hope you get killed”, "you suck ref”, and "you are a horrible ref”. Separately, the assistant referee alleged that the coach ran up and placed his hands on the AR’s chest, and continued his verbal complaints.

Findings of the Panel:

  • The allegation of you touching the Assistant Referee after the match was terminated was inconclusive, and determined to be unintentional if such action occurred.
  • Your verbally abusive demeanor towards the referee encouraged your spectators to behave inappropriately.
  • Your actions were a violation of the USSF Policy 531-9.
  • The panel determined that your actions of loudly yelling at the referee and confronting the referees after you were supposed to leave the complex following your ejection were in violation of the referee abuse standard of USSF Policy 531-9.
  • An unidentified spectator from the club was determined to have said to the referee "I hope you die in a car crash on the way home,” which is grounds for an NCYSA disciplinary hearing.

Sanctions

  • The coach was suspended for one match for the initial send off, and three additional matches for Referee Abuse.
  • Coachmust make a brief presentation at the annual NCYSA Southern Soccer Show in January, explaining Referee Abuse and the coach’s role in controlling the conduct of their players and spectators.
  • A stadium ban was enforced at the following match, in which no parents or spectators from the team will be able to attend.
  • A stadium ban will remain in effect for the remainder of the fall season for all parents and spectators from the team until the parent/spectator that made the comment to the referee, "I hope you die in a car crash on the way home” is brought forward. This parent will be subject to a hearing held at the NCYSA Offices in Greensboro at a future date.
  • Your association must document to NCYSA how it will educate the coaches, players, and spectators in order to mitigate the potential for similar situations. Failure to submit the documentation will result in the club being assessed a fine of $1,500. (This is in accordance with NCYSA Bylaw 204, Section 2, which makes associations responsible for the conduct of their members.)
  • The Club chose to appeal the stadium ban sanction for the remainder of the season based on the aspect that the sanction imposed by NCYSA was excessive to the point of being arbitrary and capricious
  • The appeal panel concluded that the stadium ban imposed for the remainder of the season was excessive, and lifted the sanction. However, they recommended that a board member from the club be present at the remainder of the seasonal games.