Three players on Yukon youth under-14 soccer team suspended for hazing incidents

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WHITEHORSE, Yukon Three players on a Yukon youth under-14 soccer team have been suspended after their involvement in hazing incidents against fellow teammates at two tournaments outside the territory.

Brian Gillen, president of the Yukon Soccer Association, said Tuesday that in addition to the suspensions, the players will have travel restrictions placed on them at future tournaments.

They were also required to apologize for their actions.

Gillen said the hazing incidents occurred at a Labour Day tournament in Langley, B.C., and the nationals in October in Charlottetown, P.E.I.

The victims were covered with cellophane, had obscene messages applied to their skin, were sprayed with water and had their ears filled with toothpaste.

Gillen said the associations decision to suspend the players took into consideration both local and national groups, which included schools in Whitehorse and the Canadian Soccer Association.

We went through a lot of research to determine an appropriate course of action and therefore we believe that the course of action we are taking is correct, he said.

I have been around soccer in this town for 29 years, and to the best of my recollection this is the first incident that we have had to deal with.

The association has been dealing with the issue since late October, when it received phone calls from two of the victims parents.

The length of the suspensions are not being disclosed by the association and followed a team meeting on Sunday.

Organizations: Yukon Soccer Association, Canadian Soccer Association

Geographic location: Yukon, WHITEHORSE, Langley Charlottetown

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