Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
ROY — After failing to leave the Roy High School premises following an ejection at the boys soccer game, an unidentified Mountain Crest parent was escorted from the grounds by the Roy City Police Department Tuesday afternoon.
The game experienced heightened physicality with two yellow cards and several penalty kicks, leaving parents upset with the way the match was officiated. One Mountain Crest parent approached the referees after the game and asked them to “take care of the kids” in the future.
Late in the second half, Mountain Crest’s Brian Bingham suffered a gash above his left eye, which Mustangs’ coach Mike Gurney said would likely require stitches, after colliding with a Roy defender. While he was receiving medical treatment on the field, an unruly parent was ejected from the game by center referee David Kirvanec.
“He was affecting play on the field with the other players and that was the biggest reason,” Kirvanec said, adding the behavior was continuous throughout the game. He said “derogatory comments towards the other team” caused the ejection. “It’s not tolerated, it’s not good sportsmanship (and) it’s not good for anybody (or) the game.”
The Royals play their home games on an adjacent field at Sandridge Park. The parent, rather than leaving, stood by the playground and continued to watch play. This prompted the Roy High administration to contact the police to address the situation.
“He was swearing or something like that — that’s what they said,” officer Curtis Mortenson said.
The parent left willingly in his own vehicle with police assistance.
“We just said, ‘bye’ and he left. He’s lost his privilege to be here. This is actually school property from here to 4800 South,” Mortenson said. “ He had lots of questions like ‘how can you do this?’ This is school property — any school employee (can request removal).”
Unaware that the police had been contacted, Gurney said he wasn’t surprised further action was necessary considering which parent was involved.
“I didn’t know the police were called. I don’t know what he was saying, I mean I could hear fans over there saying stuff — I’m not sure what he said,” Gurney explained. “But if he went over the line, then he went over the line. The ref did the right thing if he went over the line. I’m not surprised in that situation of who it was.”
Although he thought the game featured intensified physicality, Gurney also believes it was still within regulation.
“We know that it’s a physical game coming in against Roy. I don’t think we were physical enough. I had a couple guys that stood up to it, and handled it well, but a lot of other guys that shied away from it,” Gurney said. "You got to play physical against those guys — that’s just the way it is — it’s always been that way. It hasn’t changed for eight years since I’ve been coaching here. Now is there stuff that’s a little dirty? Sure. You got to fight through it and the next game against them we know it’s coming and we have to be more physical.”
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