A Kenyan referee is reportedly ‘taking legal action’ against the Football Federation of Kenya after an incident he claims left him impotent.
Martin Wekesa has alleged that Daudi Kajembe of Sparki Youth ‘attacked’ him in his ‘private parts’ following his decision to red card one of the side’s players in September 2012.
According to his claims, Kajembe invaded the pitch and ‘pulled’ his testicles and threatened to kill him and that, since the incident, sexual intercourse with his wife has been ‘impossible’.
"It is so painful, painful, painful in my areas," said Wekesa.
"He pulled my testicles. He actually pressed them and I was hanging on him when he was pulling me. I was crying and could not get myself out from his hands."
"I remember Kajembe told me, raising his hand, 'I can kill you in a minute,' and came directly to my testicles,” he added.
Whilst the world’s sports media this week has focused on Liverpool’s Luis Suarez’ biting of Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic’s arm on Sunday, it seems there are acts of violence being carried out across the world in relating to the game.
Whilst this incident, if true, is obviously of an isolated nature, serious questions must eventually be asked about the relationship between football and violence.
In recent weeks we have witness violence amongst supports of football along with incident of violent conduct frequently occurring on the field of play. There are far fewer recorded instances of violence in women’s football.
A search on Google provided me with exactly two YouTube results that could be considered aggressive incidents involving female footballers, whilst, interestingly, all the other results were reporting the affect of football on rates of violent crimes towards women.
Is this just a simple case of biology or are there more factors at play here? Immediately, what springs to my mind (and I acknowledge I may be in a minority of one) are the adverts on Sky Sports and other television networks in the run up to derbies and big ‘clash’ games.
There is, to me, a distinct glorification of aggressive physical competition which, let’s be fair, is a major part of the game and a large part of it’s massive appeal as a spectacle.
However, this kind of testosterone-fuelled amplification may well be one of the direct causes of the violence we seen on the pitch and in the stands, never mind in pubs, on high streets and behind closed doors.
It troubles and unsettles me to think a game, and it is only a game, that I have a great passion and enthusiasm for, is so intrinsically linked with something that we all deplore.
Is football the modern equivalent of gladiator duels and, if so, what does that say about us? We sure do love the spectacle, don’t we?
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