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Soccer president to do damage control over hazing incident; wants meeting with parents

The Yukon Soccer Association is preparing to deal with an appeal launched by some of the families of the under-14 players that were hazed back in October at an outside tournament.

By Whitehorse Star on February 12, 2009 at 5:56 pm

The Yukon Soccer Association is preparing to deal with an appeal launched by some of the families of the under-14 players that were hazed back in October at an outside tournament.

The appeal is in regard to the association’s investigation and findings in the matter where three players were humiliated in front of fellow teammates.

Concluding the investigation, which was completed in November, three players were suspended for an undisclosed period of time for their involvement in the hazing incidents that occurred while the team attended a national championship in Charlottetown.

The suspended players were also required to apologize for their actions. 

The YSA has formed an independent panel to help deal with the appeal process.

“It’s not just about YSA or myself finding resolution, it’s about the families finding resolution,” said Johnny Nunan, president of the Yukon Soccer Association “The perfect outcome for me would be if all three kids (that were hazed) were playing soccer again.”

The hazing occurred late at night. Some of it involved being covered with plastic wrap and having messages written on the players.

Nunan, who was appointed as president a couple weeks ago,  said the appeal was filed in December and the YSA was hoping to deal with it then.

“We were going to have another meeting with the parents in the beginning of December, but we were advised by the councillors involved that the families weren’t ready.”

He said he can’t discuss what parents want, but added the soccer association will respect the panel’s final decision.

The panel is comprised of independent individuals, who have some soccer knowledge. Nunan said he isn’t comfortable releasing the names because Whitehorse is such a small community.

“I don’t want those people to be in Superstore picking out a cantaloupe or whatever and then parents coming up and accosting them, because you know that’s what will happen.”

He said he hopes to talk with the parents sometime this coming week.

“I want to sit down with the parents to try to reassure them and try to restore some confidence in the process because I think that’s what part of their frustration is the process is taking so long.”

Nunan said people shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that these are kids.

“They are adolescent kids and kids are so fragile as it is,” he said. “When this gets dragged out in the media and it’s polarized by the media, one side says this and the other side says this and then it becomes in the public sphere of public opinion. Where are the kids in all this?”

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