2012-10-26 / Top Stories

Broad Channel CYO Soccer Game Ends In Melee

Parents Battle At Broad Channel Field
By Howard Schwach


BCAC players and their parents were shocked by the incident. BCAC players and their parents were shocked by the incident. The Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) says that the organization “views sportsmanship and character development as integral to the mission of its athletic programs, but a number of parents whose children play for the CYO girl’s soccer team, sponsored by the Broad Channel Athletic Club (BCAC), think that the mission has somehow lost its way and have a melee to show for it.

The BCAC girls were playing a game against a team from St. Mel’s, a church in Flushing (Queens), on Saturday at the Broad Channel Memorial Field. The parents say that sportsmanship and character were not on view during the game.

“The girls were playing and one of the St. Mel’s girls told a BCAC player, “Touch the ball, and we’ll f__ k you up, we’ll break your F_____ g nose,” a BCAC parent, who asked not to be identified, told The Wave. “We did it to a girl last week, and we can do it to you.” “They cursed at our girls and threatened them,” the parent said.


Team members from St. Mel’s and their parents leave the scene. Team members from St. Mel’s and their parents leave the scene. Finally one Rockaway man turned to the mother of one of the St. Mel’s players and pointed out that their team was not fulfilling the sportsmanship ideal and should be spoken to.

For his comment, the father said, he was assaulted by three of the St. Mel’s fathers.

“They grabbed me and one of them held me while the others hit me,” he said, adding, “I couldn’t get loose.”

A number of BCAC fathers came to his defense and tried to pry the victim free.

In the melee, one of the St. Mel’s fathers was injured by a punch to the face.

By the time that police from the 100 Precinct and ambulances arrived, the melee was well under way, eyewitnesses say.


Local parents speak with police after the melee. Local parents speak with police after the melee. Sources say that the man who injured a St. Mel’s parent, identified by police as Daniel Clark, 38, of Ozone Park, was arrested and given a desk appearance ticket to appear in court later this month.

Local parents were angered, however, by the fact that the unidentified man who started the fight was allowed to leave while the local father was arrested for defending his friend.

“The coach and the referees should have handled the situation and stopped the game to tell the St. Mel’s girls that they were not acting properly,” a Rockaway father said. “They should never have allowed it to get out of hand.

A spokesperson for the CYO said that the organization was investigating the incident.

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