A fight broke that out between competing soccer teams in the Long Island Junior Soccer League earlier this month escalated to include parents and coaches and ended when police and ambulance were forced to respond.
The teams started a fist fight at Peter C. Collins Soccer Park in Plainview after a referee called a foul during the game. According to the e-mail, players removed their cleats and swung them at other players, and chairs were thrown.
LIJSL has a zero-tolerance policy for red cards and the players and coaches were suspended for the rest of the season and both clubs were fined. The e-mail called the fight a “disgrace” and said the league has a responsibility to provide a safe environment to everyone that attends its games.
LIJSL President Addie Mattei said the fight was an isolated incident that the league has already responded to. She declined to provide further information.