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Captain wanted to 'deck' dad admits tripped schoolboy
ESPN Staff
May 7, 2014
The spectator is caught on camera tripping a player © Twitter

The schoolboy tripped up by the father of one of the opposing side in a bid to prevent him scoring a try has spoken out about what happened.

The supposed-adult's act was captured on camera and went viral on social media where he was universally condemned. It took place during an Under-16 Hertfordshire Shield Cup between Fullerians and Royston .

Royston winger Harry Bayford told the Daily Telegraph "I was running down the left hand side towards the line and this guy was standing on the sideline, although I didn't really notice him.

"I turned around to push one of the opposition players and he suddenly just stepped out of nowhere in front of me. I flipped completely over and my head went where my legs should have been. I just lay on the ground and looked up at him. I didn't know what to say. It was such a weird thing to do."

The referee sent the unnamed man off but that was not the end of his problems. "He looked really guilty, like a little schoolboy who'd done something naughty," Bayford said. "He tried to walk away as if nobody had seen what he'd done, which was obviously ridiculous.

"My captain wanted to deck him, so it's probably a good thing he got taken away."

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