Telford Junior League – made up of 20 divisions ranging from under-10s to under-16s – now records all games as either 1-0 wins or 1-1 draws.Yes, I know what you’re thinking…
Bosses at the league have defended the decision to withhold the number of goals scored which they claim will spare the youngsters the humiliation of losing badly.*sigh*
And it seems, while they have a thing about sparing youngsters ‘embarrassment’, they are totally lacking in that themselves, as they are quite prepared to lie:
Unrepentant league bosses have defended the policy, saying it is in line with Football Association guidelines, which the FA disputes.Whoops! Bit of an open goal there, Telford Junior League…
The FA says it has no rules relating to results above the age of eight.
Stephen Clarke, manager of the under-11s Wrekin Panthers team, backed the move.Are you utterly mad, man?
He said: ‘The children’s welfare is paramount. The winners have three points on the website if they win and the children who lose 20-0 would feel very disheartened if it was on the website.
‘They might think of not playing. I think it’s a very good idea.’
But Mr Clarke added there must come a point when players had to accept defeat.By which time, it’s far too late, and you’ve nurtured a generation of whinging nancy-boys.
He said: ‘I think probably by the age of 15 then they have an understanding that life is a bit of a competition and we are competing with other people.’
Those that aren’t simply kicking everyone’s arse at online gaming, that is…