By Chris Wright
Police have arrested and since bailed a 10-year old boy for delivering a brutal kick to a prone opponent’s head during a school football match between ESF Lions and Kitchee Escola in Hong Kong on Monday afternoon.
The ‘ESF’ in the Lions’ name stands for the ‘English Schools Foundation,’ which is a initiative set up to educate the children of ex-pats around the world and – as the child responsible was white and his 12-year old victim was Asian – it should come as little surprise that the parents of the latter filed a police complaint after the game which has led to the ESF Lions being branded as ‘white bullies’ in certain circles.
Yep, a school football match has become the centre of a footballing race row.
We don’t wish to get embroiled, but seeing as the Lions lost 16-0 the last time they played Kitchee (rumour has is that the Lions also lied about the score, claiming they had won 3-2) and they were already 4-0 down at the time of the cranial assault, maybe complete and utter humiliation may have also played its part?