Miami Soccer Players Accused of Instigating Brawl, But Team Says It's Being Racially Profiled

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Yesterday the Orlando Sentinel wrote an explosive story about how a soccer team from Miami had allegedly instigated a vicious on-field brawl during a tournament at Disney World. "Parents who witnessed the Saturday afternoon altercation painted a particularly vivid picture of parents and players from a Miami team storming the field, punching an elderly man and repeatedly kicking a downed player in the head," the newspaper reported.

But representatives from that team, Pachuca FC Miami, say the account is one-sided and their Hispanic players are being racially profiled.

"It's very sad that the article was made to pretty much profile and label our kids as 'Miami thugs' when that's exactly what we are trying to avoid," says the team's volunteer director Monica Mularski.

According to the Sentinel, Pachuca players started the fight before their parents also started swinging:

"What made this insane was that the parents cleared the bench," said Matthew Feinberg, whose son Jordan, 16, was treated at Florida Hospital Celebration Health for a concussion and other injuries. "The parents on their team helped their children. They even hit some kids on our team.

"A grandparent was punched in the chest, and his pacemaker went off," Feinberg said. "He was on the ground."

Feinberg, of Avalon Park, called the fight "a riot," adding that a Miami player tried to punch him,as well.

But Mularski says that's an extremely one-sided account. She points out (as did the newspaper) that one of the newspaper's sources was a former Sentinel reporter.

"The reporter published a very biased article with key points that are obviously, if not to do a favor for a previous employee, to assist an acquaintance with a personal vendetta," Mularski says.

Mularski said that after speaking to the five Pachuca parents at the game, she felt the need to rebut the Sentinel's claims.

"The goalkeeper who supposedly had a concussion, he initiated the brawl," she said. "It was an Orlando [FC] father who first stepped foot onto the field. And the grandfather with the pacemaker actually assaulted three of our players, and they can identify him as well."

Mularski, who did not witness the fight, thinks race played a role in its coverage.

"It's very easy to blame it on us," she says. "The majority of our players are hispanic, our coach is Hispanic, most of them speak Spanish." (Despite it's affiliation with the professional Mexican team, most of Pachuca's players are Colombian-American.)

"We are not going to say that our kids aren't at fault," Mularski says. "All parents and kids on that field assaulting one another should be held accountable. We will hold our kids and parents responsible. We are already putting kids on probation. But it's not so one-sided as it appears in that article."

The Sentinel reported that one Pachuca player may face felony assault charges over the incident. The players for both Pachuca and Orlando were 15 or 16 years old.

Pachuca FC Miami is run by a non-profit called The Ninety Minutes Foundation. According to its website, "Pachuca FC is an academy dedicated to the development and empowerment of today's athletic youth, focusing on the betterment of each players educational and professional goals."

"We don't want our kids to be portrayed as thugs from Miami, because they are far from that," Mularski says. "We want to protect our kids. We don't want this article to get to them so they see more people dragging them down."

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cmpasquariello
cmpasquariello

Welcome to sports, Jews. Can't hack it, don't play. It seems odd that a whole team of players would rush this Jew-fag for absolutely no reason.  Hispanics, keep in mind, Jews are not white. Israel is in the Middle East and hence, Jews are Middle Eastern.... just like Muslims. Please do not blame white people for this p*ssy's behavior. 

jsjj1978
jsjj1978

It's really sad that the "academy dedicated to the development and empowerment of today's athletic youth, focusing on the betterment of each players educational and professional goals" can't control their players. The Pachuca FC players acted like losers and thugs by attacking the winning team's player. The elderly man, stepped in to pull the attacking players off the goal keeper. He DID NOT attack or assault anyone. He was trying to protect a kid from getting beaten up by a GANG. YES, 9 Against 1 is a gang. Get it right, this was NOT RACIST nor was it reported biasedly....If you don't want people dragging them down, then teach them sportsmanship even when they lose!!!!!

WhyNotNow
WhyNotNow topcommenter

Whie people should all just kill themselves.

justanotherposter
justanotherposter

Playing the race card is pathetic. They have no excuse for their behavior.

The Miami players actions sent a child to the hospital. Miami lost! Look at the

schedule for World Wide of Sports. Orlando played two Colombian teams

and I am sure there was no incidents. Mularski should be begging for

forgiveness.

TomStedham
TomStedham

We are constantly told by the "mainstream media" that "Hispanic is not a race!", so... how can these players be "racially profiled"??? Serious question.

hmw19612003
hmw19612003

@cmpasquarielloThey are thugs AND antisemites.  Well, we know they are antisemites.  It's what they learn in church.  Hate.  And welcome to sports, latinos.  Cant hack it and accept a loss, then dont play, you babies.  Instead, go to your church and learn how to hate jews some more.  Lowlife trash.    

cmpasquariello
cmpasquariello

@jsjj1978 What did the goalie do to provoke such a reaction that people came at him from the stands? NOTHING?!?!? Yeah, right.

cmpasquariello
cmpasquariello

@WhyNotNow Jews are not "white people". They are Middle Easterners and they lie to other people and themselves and just pretend they're white. Israel is in the Middle East, white people are from Europe. To call a Jew "white" is like calling an Ecuadorian a "Mexican".

cmpasquariello
cmpasquariello

@justanotherposter If you breathe hard on a Jew, they have to go to a hospital. He shouldn't have provoked a riot if he couldn't defend himself from a riot.

Palangana
Palangana topcommenter

@TomStedham I'm Cuban and my race is white.  Hispanics come in all races.  The native American (continent) and mestizo races are sometimes called the Hispanic race, but that's a misnomer.

cmpasquariello
cmpasquariello

@hmw19612003  Who learns anti-semitism in church? I've been to several different churches and they all teach love and respect of all people and religions. 

Who's a racist thug? Last I checked, there is only one race/religion that is currently practising apartheid. There is only one race/religion based on the foundation that God chooses one race of people over all others. There is only one race/religion that teaches that assimilation (or marrying outside your race/religion) is wrong. We don't hate Jews, we hate racist murdering douchebags and liars.


Leave America before you end up doing the same things you did in Germany and Russia; then we will end up having to finish what was  started. Good thing for you, God has given the Jews a second solution. Israel is paved with American's blood, so be appreciative and go make Aliyah.

cmpasquariello
cmpasquariello

@hmw19612003 Your race/religion is assimilating pretty quick, so probably not. Tell me how you are a religion again if 50% of Jews are atheist?


I've never killed a kid or blindly supported the killing of children, nor
apartheid; pointing the finger at everyone who opposes your evil has run its course. The clock is running out for your cult.

Again, your best chance of survival is to make Aliyah.

hmw19612003
hmw19612003

@cmpasquariello @hmw19612003 Wow.  Where then did you learn you hatred from?  Probably your parents.  Apparently you are not following the anti-hate message of your churches.  The only racist thug in this conversation is you.  You're not the first piece of trash to have despised jews.  And we will still be around long after you are dead. 

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