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Parents screaming at refs didn't start with McCarthy

Mar 01, 2019 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin)

I sat in the stands of the soccer stadium. And I seethed.

My assignment - in 1997, as a new reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - was to cover a high school girls soccer game between Whitefish Bay and Shorewood. And I could barely concentrate on what was happening on the field because of a couple of idiots in front of me in the stands.

I couldn't believe it. These were "adults," presumably parents, shouting degrading insults to the opposing team's teenage players, and screami...