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A young lady of 14 years has been dropped from an elite girls soccer team because she and her parents have been critical of the sponsor of their soccer team:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vancouver-island-teen-soccer-1.3295474

A club news release said the decision was "collective" and based on feedback from players, families and volunteers.

Freyja and her mother Anissa Reed, who live in Comox, B.C., oppose open net-pen salmon farming and have been at odds with the club over a sponsorship deal announced in August with Marine Harvest Canada, one of the world's largest salmon-farming companies.

Is it fair to drop a 14 yr old from playing on an elite team because she and her parent oppose the sponsor of the team?

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Playing Club Soccer isn't a right.

Perhaps she can find another team that has a sponsor that the mother finds acceptable.

Edited by Charles Anthony
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Sports are all about sponsorship, without it, there would be no sports. The league told he she wouldn't have to wear the company logo or pose for team photos, but that wasn't enough, they chose to agitate the league and everyone involved with the team.

If mom wants to push her political agenda at the cost of her child's athletic future, then so be it.

Edited by Hal 9000

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Sports are all about sponsorship, without it, there would be no sports. The league told he she wouldn't have to wear the company logo or pose for team photos, but that wasn't enough, they chose to agitate the league and everyone involved with the team.

If mom wants to push her political agenda at the cost of her child's athletic future, then so be it.

No, the vast majority of amateur sports function on money supplied by parents directly or indirectly, via their pockets or by fundraising. Some elite or 'representative' teams do have sponsors, but the heart of this is not commercial.

Elite teams are competitive: you have to excel to make the team, to get playing time, to stay on the roster. If your behaviour disrupts the main purpose of elite teams: to develop players and win games- you are gonzo. if it is your parents that are disruptive, the player exits. It may sound harsh, but all of this is carefully explained pre season.

It is entirely common for parents to completely lose perspective in kids sports, and it is amplified when the kid is a good athlete.

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So if the government helps fund a team, the players or their families can't criticize the government???

This is sheer stupidity. This isn't pro sports. It's kids and their parents.... they should be allowed to say whatever the hell they want.

Edited by The_Squid

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So if the government helps fund a team, the players or their families can't criticize the government???

This is sheer stupidity. This isn't pro sports. It's kids and their parents.... they should be allowed to say whatever the hell they want.

Really, you think this is about kids...or sports? It stopped being about kids and sports when mom decided that her political agenda was worth more than her daughter's sports.

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So if the government helps fund a team, the players or their families can't criticize the government???

This is sheer stupidity. This isn't pro sports. It's kids and their parents.... they should be allowed to say whatever the hell they want.

Depends if the government threatened to pull funding if the critical behaviour continued.

You're saying the team should risk losing a sponsor because. . . freedom of speech? I thought we had freedom of speech but we also had to accept to consequences of freedom of speech.

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This is not about "freedom of speech."

This has nothing to do with government.

If it did, perhaps freedom of speech and the Charter would be relevant.

But it didn't so they are not.

It's simple: don't bite the hand that feeds in ways that violate the code of conduct that you sign on to to be a part of the team.

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