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Hong Kong police arrest 10-year-old English soccer player for kicking Chinese player in the head (video)

Mar 19, 2012, 7:35 PM EDT


In the U.S. we don’t go arresting 10-year-olds for soccer violence, although maybe we should. I’m not sure. But in Hong Kong, they look at things differently. It’s the followup to the story we brought you on Wednesday of last week, when a youth soccer match turned ugly and one player, from the ESF (English Schools Foundation) Lions team, was captured on video kicking a 12-year-old playing for Kitchee Escola team in the head during a match. According to reports, it was a rematch of a previous friendly that the Kitchee team had won 16-0.

On Monday the 10-year-old ESF player was arrested, and then released on bail.

At about the 1:30 mark in the video below, you’ll see the Kitchee player, who appears to be ethnically Chinese, make a bad tackle. While thaht player is on the ground, the ESF Lions player, who appears to be Caucasian, ignores the nearby ball and instead kicks the Kitchee kid in the head. London Daily Telegraph:

While the older boy did not suffer a serious injury, his parents filed a police complaint. On Monday, the ten-year-old was released on bail.

“I understand that the parent of the injured child has referred the matter to the police and we will cooperate fully with any police investigation,” said the head of Hong Kong’s English Schools Foundation (ESF) in a letter to parents.


There was already somewhat of a controversy over ESF in Hong Kong, as the government continues to subsidize the school despite it being one of the largest schools for foreign students on the island. The ESF Lions is made up mostly of Caucasian players, who many parents are calling “white bullies” following the incident.

H/T SportsbyBrooks.

Hong Kong child arrested after sickening football pitch kick [The Telegraph]
Is that the soccer ball, or your face? U-12 game turns ugly (video) [Off the Bench]

  1. paperlions - Mar 19, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    I have no problem with the kid being arrested. If a kid things that kind of action is okay, he needs to start finding out now that it is not.

    • florida727 - Mar 20, 2012 at 12:05 PM

      Life without parole. Screw him.

      Seriously, what kind of coaching and/or parenting raises a kid to possibly think that this kind of behavior is acceptable? I get the whole “too young” thing, but seriously? Even a 10-year old should know kicking another human being in the head is just plain WRONG.

      • mornelithe - Mar 31, 2012 at 5:38 PM

        Life in jail for what, pre-meditated assault? I’m not so sure the laws would back such a penalty, let alone that it’s a 10yr old. I doubt assault charges get 90+ year mandatories.

  2. opshuns - Mar 19, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    This match should have been stopped before the kick in the head. Arrest the parents also.

  3. henryd3rd - Mar 20, 2012 at 4:27 AM

    The question one must ask is what kind of coaching as well as parenting has this child received where by he feels that this is the way to deal with his issues