Saturday 21 April 2018

Soccer-mad pair 'punished' by bizarre county rule

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

TWO soccer-mad children are being forced to leave their county to play football because of a bizarre juvenile rule.

The 13-year-olds who "live, sleep and dream" soccer can't play for any club in Co Carlow.

No club is allowed to sign the talented youngsters for their under-13s team despite the fact that they already play for the county.

A rule -- unique to Carlow soccer -- prevents clubs from signing up more than two county players. This is supposed to make the juvenile soccer league fairer -- and more inclusive for all. However, in this case it means Terry Hutton and Reece Deniffe will have to travel to Laois, Kilkenny, Wexford or Dublin to play club soccer.

The pair had signed up for New Oak soccer club in Carlow town but with only two days to go before the start of the league, they were told they cannot play.

New Oak can't afford to appeal the decision to the FAI because the bill could run to more than €1,000.

Terry's dad, Mick Hutton, said he had to bring his son to school "on the verge" of tears yesterday.

The father of three said the teens were "being punished." "All they want to do is play football," he fumed.

An EGM will be held on Monday to discuss the rule, which was first introduced seven years ago.

Irish Independent

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