Costa Blanca News: Altea’s version of the beautiful game

GARGANES STADIUM: Football pitch where the incident occurred. Photo credit: Altea town hall

A VIDEO went viral of an Altea father urging his son to hurt another child during a football match.  “Alevin” teams of 10 and 11-year-olds from Altea and Denia were playing at the municipal sports complex in Garganes when the incident occurred.
“Hit him hard. Don’t break his leg, no,” the adult shouts. “Are you listening? Next time you hit him, so he has something to complain about,” he continues as the Denia player lay on the ground. Altea town hall and its Sports councillor Pere Barber later issued a formal statement, censuring the adult’s “intolerable” behaviour.
“Both the town hall and this department energetically condemn attitudes like these and condemn them as unacceptable,” began the statement began. It then went on to announce that the sports department and the town hall’s legal advisers were studying how it would deal with the “inadmissible” incident.
“Altea town hall and the sports department will always ensure that inside the municipal installations there is respect for users, not permitting at any time humiliating or violent situations like these,” the statement concluded.
The video can be seen at:

Credit: La Marina Plaza

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Lisa Burgess