“I behaved in an unacceptable way and I take responsibility for it. The spectator who verbally and physically attacked a 14-year-old referee on a Dollard-des-Ormeaux soccer field on Saturday sent a letter of apology to Soccer Quebec.
The federation published it on its social networks on Tuesday.
A video that surfaced the day before showed the scene: a man verbally attacks a young referee from the stands, before descending to the field. Blows are exchanged before other spectators intervene and tackle the aggressor to the ground.
The man was the grandfather of one of the players.
“During the game, I initiated a verbal and then physical altercation with a young linesman,” he wrote. […] Rest assured that I deeply regret it. As a former teacher, I am particularly aware that this is a very bad example for 14-year-olds. »
He then apologized “to this young man and his family”, to the “players and coaches of both teams, as well as to the other match officials”.
The spectator explains that he “started a process to get help”, speaking of an “unjustifiable gesture”.
He says he hopes that this story will nevertheless “allow everyone to realize the importance for our children or our grandchildren to be able to have fun while practicing their favorite sport in an environment free of violence”.
The match pitted the Saint-Laurent team against the Haut-Richelieu team.
Monday, Soccer Quebec had denounced “firmly this act of violence which has no place anywhere”.
Isabelle Charest, Minister Delegate for Education, responsible for sports issues, had deemed the situation to be “unacceptable”.