A woman surnamed Man has pressed charges against the Hong Kong Rangers Football Club and its two coaches for negligence leading to the injury of her son, surnamed Lee, during a football training session, and is demanding compensation of HK$120,000.
Man’s lawyer said during a hearing at a district court on Tuesday that the two football coaches, Law Kwok-ho and Tse Chi-ming, are responsible for the safety of the players, Apple Daily reports.
The boy, who was eight years old at the time of the incident on Nov. 3, 2013, had been receiving training only as a forward, but was asked by the coaches to play as a goalkeeper on that day at an indoor football pitch at Yee Lim Industrial Building in Kwai Fong.
The coaches had failed to administer the proper safety gear to the boy, the court heard. When asked by the judge what safety gear should be deployed, the lawyer said the boy should have been given a helmet.
Citing similar cases in the United Kingdom, the lawyer said Law, as the referee, has total responsibility in ensuring the safety of the ten players on the pitch. As the players were children, the expectations on the referee should be even higher.
The lawyer said both Law and Tse had failed to offer the proper training to Lee as a goalkeeper, while failing to give him the right equipment and halt the game when Lee was hit by a forward from the rival team during a save.
As reported by Apple Daily, the plaintiff and defendants have failed to reach a settlement, but have agreed that the former would receive HK$120,000 in compensation should she win the court case.
It was reported that the Lee had not sustained any permanent injury and his eyesight was not impaired after the incident.
The trial continues on Wednesday.
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