Sunday league in New York rallies around assaulted referee
I had to share a nice, feel-good moment from my neck of the soccer woods on this fine Sunday in July.
It starts with something heinous, though.
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Let’s begin here: The Buffalo District Soccer League (BDSL) is an 81-team men’s league in Western New York. It also conducts the Tehel Cup, the oldest amateur cup tournament in the United States.
Unfortunately, this post is about neither of the positives associated with those facts, as last weekend saw a player lose control after receiving a red card. The player in question hit referee Mike Crane, leaving the official with a head injury.
It’s not the first time we’ve written about referee assault; Unfortunately, typing the phrase “referee dies” in the PST search tool brings up multiple entries.
Yet the incident understandably caused a stir in the Buffalo soccer community, as the BDSL rallied around Crane and its officials.
Clubs assembled before their matches to take photos with the referee units, tagging each on Twitter with the hashtag #UnitedForCrane.
Let’s hope this post serves as a reminder to all weekend warriors and professional players alike: It’s still just a game.
A show of peace between @OfficialBDSL players from both teams and tonight's referees: League referee Michael Crane was attacked by a player and suffered a concussion on Sunday; more info still needed in regard to the charges filed against Jeffrey Sekyere. pic.twitter.com/LKcX1Qth04— Buffalo News Soccer (@BN_Soccer) July 13, 2018
Good clean game boys. #UnitedForCrane pic.twitter.com/GzLA9oBYnc
— Queenston FC (@QueenstonFC) July 16, 2018