A Disney World soccer brawl kind of diminishes Disney World’s reputation as “the happiest place on Earth,” especially considering they were hosting a youth championship match.
Disney recently held their Youth International Soccer Tournament which ended in both sides participating in an all-out brawl with even players, parents, and grandparents charging in. The most shocking detail is the possibility of a felony charge when one of the grandparents of one player was hit in the chest, setting off his pacemaker.
The Orlando Sentinel state Orlando FC/QPR Academy was facing off against Pachuca Academy of Miami in the championship match. After Orlando FC achieved a very close victory, Pachuca Academy players rushed the field and began a violent soccer brawl with their Orlando FC counterparts.
That’s when Miami parents rush onto the field to get into the brawl as described by parent Matthew Feinberg:
“What made this insane was that the parents cleared the bench. The parents on their team helped their children. They even hit some kids on our team. A grandparent was punched in the chest, and his pacemaker went off. He was on the ground.”
Feinberg’s son Jordan, 16 was reportedly pummeled by multiple Pachuca players resulting in hospitalization for a concussion and other injuries at Florida Hospital Celebration Health. Also, the Osceola County Sheriffs Office were the ones suggesting filing felony charges for the fore-mentioned detail of the grandparent and his pacemaker.
The situation worsens, however, since representatives of the Miami-based Pachuca Squad told the Miami New Times they were maliciously implicated by a source who previously worked for the Orlando Sentinel. Another issue is that the volunteer director for Pachuca, Monica Mularski, claims the reaction to the Disney soccer brawl is racially based:
“The goalkeeper who supposedly had a concussion, he initiated the brawl. It was an Orlando [FC] father who first stepped foot onto the field. And the grandfather with the pacemaker actually assaulted three of our players, and they can identify him as well.
“It’s very easy to blame it on us. The majority of our players are Hispanic, our coach is Hispanic, most of them speak Spanish. We are not going to say that our kids aren’t at fault. All parents and kids on that field assaulting one another should be held accountable. We will hold our kids and parents responsible. We are already putting kids on probation. But it’s not so one-sided as it appears in that article.”
Evidently, there is plenty of blame to go around for an incident that is both shocking and disturbing since it took place in “The Happiest Place on Earth”.
What do you think about the Disney World soccer brawl? Was it a juvenile incident or something racially inspired?