So hard, to ban a youngster on spec
PUBLISHED: 11:50 28 September 2006 | UPDATED: 14:50 12 May 2010
I SEE that a seven-year-old boy was banned from playing in a football league sponsored by opticians Specsavers – because he was wearing glasses. New rules introduced by the FA say wearing glasses could endanger other players. My initial thought was how ri
I SEE that a seven-year-old boy was banned from playing in a football league sponsored by opticians Specsavers - because he was wearing glasses.
New rules introduced by the FA say wearing glasses could endanger other players.
My initial thought was how ridiculous!
It's a discriminatory rule.
He's got no choice but to wear glasses if he wants to see the ball, so why single him out and prevent him from playing a sport he loves?
Football may be a contact sport, but it's not as aggressive as rugby, and at seven years old, I very much doubt he'll get into too many scrapes.
Even if he did, I don't believe the glasses would put another player in danger - they are more likely to harm the wearer.
The boy's parents know the risks, and I'm certain they wouldn't deliberately put their son in danger, so the FA should let them make the decision - he is their son, after all.
They forget that professional footballers are allowed to wear eyewear, including the goggles sported by Spurs midfielder Edgar Davids.
Instead, the FA should turn their attention to the referees.
The players may not be allowed to wear glasses - but it should be compulsory that the referees wear them - then they might make some valid decisions!
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