Charges pending after bystanders break up on-field fight at Norwalk soccer game

Prosecutors are considering charges in connection with an on-field skirmish that left an area high-school soccer player with minor injuries to the area near his left eye.
Cary Ashby
Sep 27, 2012

Prosecutors are considering charges in connection with an on-field skirmish that left an area high-school soccer player with minor injuries to the area near his left eye.

The Norwalk Police Department responded to the Norwalk Soccer Complex near Norwalk Middle School on Monday night.

"It looked like it might be a fight among parents," Capt. Dave Smith said about the initial complaint.

However, Smith's investigation later determined the incident happened on the field and involved two players: A 17-year-old Norwalk High School player and a Medina Buckeye boy.

The Norwalk player grabbed the other player in a headlock, brought him to the ground and punched him several times in the face, Smith said.

"Two adult males who were on the sideline rushed out onto the field," he added.

A referee and several players also assisted in breaking up the fight. At the time, Norwalk was down 4-0; Medina Buckeye won the game 5-0.

After Smith interviewed the victim, his parents took him to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Smith said the boy sustained "very minor injuries" to the area near his left eye.

The victim's father was one of the parents being blamed for being agitated, Smith said.

"Which is what the (initial) yelling was about," he explained.

The officer tracked down a video from a Norwalk resident who had recorded the last part of the fight.

"I saw the worst part of it," Smith said. "It became an investigation at that point."

Next, Smith obtained a video from a Litchfield resident whose video footage was more inclusive and filmed from the ground level. During his investigation, the officer interviewed 10 people plus several more at the field.

Police have forwarded a report to the Huron County Prosecutor's Office and Huron County Juvenile Court for the consideration of charges.

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goreflect

REALLY? Maybe you should get the facts straight before you make it sound like it was the Norwalk High School kids fault. He DID NOT start the fight, that kid jumped him from behind. The Norwalk boy just defended himself! GRANTED – he did take it too far but if the ref’s and COACHES would do their jobs it would NOT have escalated to that point! The Norwalk boy is a good kid and his high school soccer career is over because of this! As for pressing charges??? That Medina kid started it and the Norwalk kid turned it around and came out on top. He is just upset and embarrassed he started something he could not finish! Release the video! It will show the truth!

Sitting In The ...

"release the video" be careful what you ask for.

dontcare

I would think twice before pressing charges. Soccer is an aggressive sport and a certain level of aggression should be expected. I can never remember kids involved in a fight on the football field or basketball court being charged. Let the schools take care of this one.

ant1

Totally agree with goreflect. The other kid started it and the Norwalk boy ended it. Wish someone would get the facts straight.

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If it involved two players, on the field, during the game it's a school issue for goodness sakes. If it involved an idiot father screaming on the sideline that started it...charge him...not the kids.

Kelly

They have video and statements from impartial witnesses (officials) so maybe they do have the facts straight. If the other boy started it I'm sure it will come out. If the Norwalk boy behaved like the thug he's portrayed, that will come out too. Either way, they're both stupid for fighting over a game.

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swiss cheese kat

Soccer is lame and only for the ones that cant make it on a football team.

Whoopball

Go back to your mossy lair under the bridge.

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LOL

goreflect

You must of not made the team!

JessEE

*must not have

jack langhals

I use to think that also,now I see what a valuable tool for other kids to be involved in a sport.It is definitely more demanding physically.Try running for 80 minutes and kicking a ball.I know several kids that did well at football and decided to play soccer .

arnmcrmn

Soccer more demanding physically?.....ehhh thats a stretch. Continuous condition wise....I can give you that but football is by the the most aggressive, physically demanding sport....and its not even close.

fedup2

@ell with football, I am going to soccer games from now on!

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Windy

Good grief! It's only a GAME!

cooker

Good Lord! It was a fight between 2 kids! What happened to letting kids hash out their differences by a fight after school by the slide!? These kids I'm sure are typical teens. Let them do their thing, the school will suspend them for 3 days and life will go on! People are so up tight about crap nowadays that's why our society is lawyer happy. God- quit making a bunch of wimpy a** kids. It was a play ground fight. Let it go. They didn't have guns, knives, etc. They bare-knuckled it and I have respect for the boys. Part of life and will be a part of manhood. Get real.

FUBAR79

@ COOKER...
Don’t get me wrong, I am always down for a good ol’ fashion bare knuckle settlement. However, this happened at a sporting event where the players self-discipline to refrain from that activity should be at its highest. Both players are not only representing them self but the cities they are playing for, their schools, their coaches and especially their parents…. If the play on the field was getting a little dirty, it is the coaches’ responsibility to bring attention to it, not to mention the state certified referee job to keep control of the game. If these kids would have a little self-respect and dignity now days, things like this would not happen as often as they do.
I am very much involved in our local soccer programs and to watch some of the parents actions on the sidelines is disturbing to say the least.. The job of the coaches is to teach life lessons like discipline, responsibility, accountability and how to present oneself as an upstanding citizen of the community first and foremost. Then the teaching of the sport piggybacks on the life lessons… There are hundreds of kids that will never touch a soccer ball after High School but they will have been taught responsibility, accountability, self-discipline and self- worth that will carry on a lifetime. So if anyone goes to a soccer match, please think about your actions on the sidelines before you engage in any type of negative behavior. Parents as well as the coaches are supposed to lead by example……..

cooker

Your correct. At a sporting event such as this fights should not happen. But if/when they do I believe the school should be "law" and all the sports moms/dads shouldn't be talking about charges. The kids should be suspended, made to sit a couple games and be done. To bring the police in on a thing such as this I think is uncalled for. Kids are going to fight. Lets all just hope they will fight with fists and not guns, etc. I'm not saying that a fight should go as far as putting someone in the hospital or seriously hurting them, but a black eye or fat lip never killed anyone and most kids win, lose or draw carry it as a badge of honor. At least in my day we did. My father told me and I have told my kids- If YOU start it, I'll bust your a**, if they start it, do your best to finish with a win or give a h*ll of a shot trying. I don't think taking the kid to court and their parents losing a day (or more) of wages is necessary. My opinion.

GottaloveNorwalk

I just watched the video, the Norwalk kid was at fault. Seems he needs to take come Anger Management! This is why we have such a juvenile problem in Norwalk.

Richard Russell

I give Norwalk's #19 and #14 credit for having the foresight to go in quick and try to pull #10 off of the Medina player. Also kudos to the players, coaches and fans that stayed off the field and didn't turn it into a free for all. A clothesline and five punches? Yeah, that goes beyond dirty play and just might be assault.

44846GWP

Wow, its amazing how everyone can watch the same video and see something all together different. The video doesn't lie, but our brains only see what we want to see.

-rebel

The only thing my brain can picture is the whiny fat chic.

spikerpud

FINALLY,SOME EXCITEMENT @ A SOCCER GAME, USUALLY SOOOOOO BORING,AND LISTENING TO THE SOCCER MOMS IS VERY ANNOYING

spikerpud

FINALLY,SOME EXCITEMENT @ A SOCCER GAME, USUALLY SOOOOOO BORING,AND LISTENING TO THE SOCCER MOMS IS VERY ANNOYING

spikerpud

FINALLY,SOME EXCITEMENT @ A SOCCER GAME, USUALLY SOOOOOO BORING,AND LISTENING TO THE SOCCER MOMS IS VERY ANNOYING

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