SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky Youth Soccer officials say their focus isn't all about competition.
"There's much bigger life lessons that should be learned from sports than just the sport itself. Sports teach kids how to deal with adversity, how to deal with situations that don't particularly go their way," said Kris Zander, Kentucky Youth Soccer's executive director.
At the end of an under-10 soccer game in Scott County, though, officials say an adult wasn't happy with one of the referees, a thirteen-year-old boy. Oliver Barber, a chairman for the Kentucky Soccer Referee Association, says the teen had told the man to quiet down during the game. After it ended, Barber says that man went across the field, walked up behind the boy, twisted his arm behind his back and said 'Are you going to throw me out now, punk?'. Barber said other parents stepped in and separated the two. The Scott County Sheriff's Office opened a case and a Lexington Police spokesperson says one of their officers, Keith Spears, is being investigated.
"Sometimes we have issues where players may have issues with one another. Adults may have issues with one another. When you have an incident with an adult and a minor, it is extra troubling for sure," said Zander.
Zander said physical incidents are rare and they've worked to educate parents.
"Some groups have gone out and filmed parents on sidelines for a game and reviewed that back to them and showed what their behavior was and getting maybe a little too excited about what is going on," he said.
A captain at the Scott County Sheriff's Office said, at this point, no one has been charged with a crime. Because authorities didn't witness the alleged incident, parents would have to pursue the charges.