Sometimes you have to do the wrong thing for the right reasons.

If you go to junior sports these days, it's all about respect, participation and doing your best.

An overzealous intervention by the parents is definitely not celebrated. In fact, there are often special zones where parents can stand so they do not disturb the children.

It seems like no-one told a dad this week at a U-8 football match between CPD Llanilar FC and Bow Street FC in Wales.

This is how the key moment has developed.

Kid in the yellow shirt is pretty good. Child dribbles. Child beats defender. Child crosses the ball towards the gate. Goalkeeper does not pay attention. Goalie is indeed in the wrong direction. Man (we assume, coach or parent of the goalkeeper) presses the goalkeeper to the ground. Goalkeeper stops the ball.

That's right, the adult – who did not have time to verbally ask the child to be attentive – told him with physical force. And the target was saved.

Well, the goal was saved for about a second. The rebound soon found its way into the net. Never mind. As I said, it's just a matter of trying.

So then. What should we do with it? Well, Australian football legend Timmy Cahill thought it was all a huge laugh.

Judging by the general reactions in the social media, there does not seem to be much objection.

If you stop the video in the wrong place, there are moments when it looks a bit brutal.

But on the whole, most people think that it was a piece of brilliant tactical thinking, rather than a parent crossing the finish line – even though this does not actually prevent a goal.



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