Young goalkeeper with Tourette’s sent-off for swearing at ref

Posted by - November 16, 2012 - Oddballs

A 14-year-old goalkeeper with Tourette’s syndrome had been red carded, banned for two matches and fined £25 for swearing at the referee.

Owen Thompson, from Hertfordshire, became agitated when the official allowed a controversial goal and told the ref to “f*** off”.

The Ware Youth under-15s keeper told the Mirror: “It does not seem fair.

“Football often suppresses my ticks, but I cannot control them when I get upset or stressed.

“He just really stressed me out.”

Despite Owen producing a medical card confirming he has Tourette’s the decision was upheld, although his punishment has been reduced to a one-match ban and £15 fine.

Hertfordshire FA chief Nick Perchard said: “The player swore at the referee and then refused to talk to him when asked to explain his actions.

“The committee decided the lack of respect shown was not connected to his medical condition.”