Youth Player with Tourette’s Suspended for Swearing – Right or Wrong?

Owen Thompson - Suspended Player - Image © SWNS Group

Last month, a 15 year old goalkeeper in England was suspended after swearing at a referee. The player has Tourette’s syndrome and is prone to ‘uncontrolled outbursts.’

The initial judgment of a £25 fine and two-match ban was appealed and slightly reduced to a £15 fine and a one-match ban.

In their decision, the governing body indicated the player’s “lack of respect” in not talking to the referee afterward was not connected to his medical condition.

Do you agree with the assessment? Should the player have been suspended for his actions? Do you think the player will learn from this experience?