There are countless disturbing cases of coach-on-athlete abuse that emerges across America every year.
There is no excuse for the violent interactions or the coaches who cause them.
Still, a recent video from Russia shows that as bad as things can occasionally be here, they’re even more troubling in some places abroad, where these abuses can go unchecked.
In fact, they can sometimes be commonplace enough to occur in the middle of a game and have a coach expect a victim to immediately return to action.
The video you see above, as posted to YouTube by 101 Great Goals, comes from Russia, where youth teams for Lokomotiv Moscow and Moscow Brateevo were facing off in a league indoor soccer match (it’s snowing over there, you know).
During the middle of the action, the Brateevo coach called over a defender and, rather than simply try to tell him what he did wrong, he aggressively leg whipped the youngster, sending him tumbling to the turf.
The violent attack is nothing short of shocking, but it didn’t even slow the pace of the game. Instead, the player was exhorted by the very coach who had just attacked him to get right back up and get back into action.
Naturally, this shouldn’t be condoned, but there’s little sense that the coach was punished for his attack.
Hopefully someone will take notice of the egregious attack and locate the coach in question and have him removed, if not charged with abuse as well.