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East Harlem

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A high school soccer match in East Harlem had to be called off when a group of migrants refused to vacate the field for the kids to play.

Despite efforts

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Despite efforts by the Manhattan Kickers 17-year-old boys travel team coach, Erik Johansson, the group insisted they could stay and do as they pleased.

Thomas Jefferson Park

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Both teams, Kickers and FA Euro New York, had gathered at Thomas Jefferson Park for the game, but the migrants remained adamant, even in the presence of law enforcement.

Tensions

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Tensions rose when the police requested the club team’s city permit, necessary for field use.

Unsafe

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By the time the permit was produced, the game had been delayed by 30 minutes, and the teams felt unsafe.

Concerns

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Johansson mentioned ongoing concerns about the group’s presence even after the match, leading to a decision that it was too risky to proceed.

Safety worries

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Parents voiced apprehension about the situation, expressing reluctance to return to the field due to safety worries.

Prior encounters

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Johansson, originally from Sweden and familiar with similar migrant-related conflicts in his homeland, noted his prior encounters with such behavior and its severity.

Hesitance

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The players’ parents were shaken by the incident, expressing hesitance to continue using the East Harlem field.

Field space

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This event underscored the scarcity of field space in the city, frustrating some parents who felt that the non-compliant group had emerged victorious.

Escalating

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Amidst these developments, concerns grew among parents and players regarding the escalating lawlessness in the city.

Decline in order

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The incident at the East Harlem field symbolized a decline in order and adherence to rules in the Big Apple.

Obstacles

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The already congested field, contested by various teams for playing time, presented obstacles for youth sports, with Randall’s Island repurposed as shelter space for migrants the previous year, displacing popular soccer fields.

Playing areas

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The confrontation at the East Harlem public field underscored the obstacles youth sports teams encounter in accessing playing areas in the city.

Permits

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The conflict between the migrants and the soccer teams emphasized safety considerations and the importance of having the required permits for field usage.

Disheartening

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Halting the game due to safety risks was deemed a crucial choice, albeit disheartening for the players and parents.

Youth sports

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This event also highlighted larger issues of disorder and restricted field availability in New York City, raising worries about the prospects of youth sports in urban environments.

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