Originally Posted by Captain13
This is incredibly sad, and a little scary too. Players need to respect the authority of game officials, and it needs to be taught to them from their parents and coaches. That kid needs to pay for what he did, and I hope they make an example out of him.
If parents taught their kids to respect authority when they're playing rec soccer this doesn't happen. The problem is parents are the biggest culpurate in why stuff like this happens a lot of the time and they're usually the instigator in crap that I have seen.
I'm not saying whether he should rot in jail for the next 30 years or not, because this is one of those 1 in a 1000 type situations. He hit the guy once, it's not like he waited for the ref after the game and beat him unmercifully until someone tackled him. I always am told to keep my head on a swivel but you can't keep your head up 100% of the time.