Soccer match at Disney World ends in fight
ORLANDO, Fla. (WSVN) -- A youth soccer tournament held at Walt Disney World turned violent Sunday after a team from Miami lost to an Orlando team.
Witnesses claimed that after losing the championship title to the Orlando Football Club, members of Miami's Pachuca Football Club stormed the field and started a brawl with their opponents.
After his victory, 16-year-old Jordan Feinberg earned a medal but also came home with scrapes and bruises. The Orlando goalie claims, after his team won, a Pachuca player tripped him and then one of his teammates punched him. "A kid came from the side-- I didn't see him-- and he sucker-punched me," he said.
Witnessing the escalating field scuffle was Matthew Feinberg, Jordan's father. "I turned back around for a minute, at the whistle, to look at the field and there's 10 people on top of him, mashing him, and then suddenly parents rushed out on the field," he said. "I rushed out and was like, 'Oh, my God."
The concerned parent said that when the adults joined in, it quickly escalated to an all-out brawl. He told "The Orlando Sentinel" that even "a grandparent was punched in the chest and his pacemaker went off."
Matthew Feinberg indicated the fight was instigated by the Miami players, but a spokesperson for the Pachuca Football Club said it was an Orlando player who started the fight and added that the grandfather with the pacemaker was the first adult on the field. The spokesperson added that coaches claim the grandparent assaulted three Pachuca players.
Jordan ended up with a concussion and left the Disney complex in a neck brace while medics wheeled him away. "We love the game ... and this kind of mayhem, this kind of violence has no place in it, in the game. It's not good," said Matthew.
The foundation that runs Pachuca Football Club issued a statement that reads, "The 90 Minutes Foundation regrets these unfortunate events and is concerned about injuries to players and spectators. We wish any persons injured at the game a quick and speedy recovery."
The Pachuca spokesperson said that regardless of who started the fight, the team is in the process of suspending some players. The Osceola County Sheriff's Office said it is recommending to the State Attorney's Office to charge a 16-year-old Pachuca player with felony battery.
Members of the Pachuca Football Club declined to be interviewed.
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