Mum demands justice after soccer coach slaps 'heartbroken' young boy
The furious parents of a boy slapped across the face by his coach at the local soccer club are demanding justice.
The U10s Nerang Eagles soccer team normally celebrate their victories with a song, but their ritual has now been tarnished after the coach slapped 10-year-old player Terrell.
Terrell was five when he started playing soccer, but this incident has now shattered his dreams of becoming a pro player.
Speaking exclusively to A Current Affair’s Dan Nolan, Terrell recounts the shock he felt following the incident.
“The coach hit me in the side of the head and told me to ‘wake up'," Terrell said.
“I wasn’t prepared because he just did it fast.”
What makes this incident even more bizarre is that it occurred after the game, with Terrell kicking three of the winning goals.
“Even if I didn’t play good I don’t think I should have got slapped,” Terrell said.
Terrell had dental surgery to remove a tooth two days earlier and his mother, Lisa Fisher, warned the coach he might be feeling a bit off due to pain medication.
“Still to this day watching it makes me want to cry. It’s heartbreaking to see someone who you trusted slap your child,” Fisher said.
“I would like to see the coach go down for what he did. He doesn’t deserve a blue card and he doesn’t deserve to be coaching any children at all.”
Ms Fisher has lost all faith and trust in the soccer club after it took them two weeks before meeting with her to discuss the incident.
“They have broken the heart of a 10-year-old boy who does not feel safe at all,” she said.
“I feel they’re sweeping it under the rug … they don’t want anyone else to know about it.”
Fisher has taken her complaint to police and wants to see criminal charges.
Triple M radio host and former Wallaby player Greg ‘Marto’ Martin knows firsthand that coaching kids can sometimes be difficult.
“Whether you've won or lost you can't rub it into the other team and you especially can't go hitting kids in your own team,” Martin said.
“If that’s his reaction after a win I would hate to see what happens after a loss.”
Coach Shaun McPherson has now apologised for what he did and has stepped down from his position.
Police have confirmed they are investigating this incident.
In a statement, the Nerang Eagles soccer club says it will cooperate fully and transparently with any line of enquiry from the police.
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