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A youth football club has been ordered to pay £3,000 compensation to the family of a 10-year-old player after his father said subbing him was 'emotional abuse' and 'racism'.
The father took Berkshire-based Winnersh Rangers to a county court after his son's coach took the boy off the pitch during a pre-season football tournament in summer 2018.
Club - Donations - Cost - Damages - Ruling
The club which is funded by donations says it will struggle to cover the cost of the damages and will try to have the ruling overturned.
A manager said insisted that the substitution are 'just part of the game' and the boy was taken off to 'give everyone a fair chance and even playing time'.
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He described the boy's father a 'a passionate parent thinking he was doing the right thing, but losing sight that we are here for the children'.
The club says they weren't informed of the court case so didn't attend and were stunned when they were told they would have to pay damages.
Bosses - Decision
Bosses there say they are baffled by the decision and are trying to have it overturned.
Club secretary Phil Chick said: 'The player in question played with us for about two seasons.
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'Last summer the Under 10s teams played in a pre-season tournament and the manager substituted this particular player.
'His father didn't take well to the decision, but substitutions are just a part of the game and the manager wanted to give everyone a fair chance and even playing time.
Parent - Player - Club - Start - Season
'The parent then brought the player back to the club at the start of the new season in September but quickly removed him and asked to be refunded for his signing-on-fee, which of course we refunded.
'We were told he contacted Wokingham Borough Council's child protection scheme and accused the...
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