'Head kick' boy arrested; facing assault charges
A 10-year-old ESF Lions boy who kicked a Kitchee-Escola player in the head during a junior football game on March 10 is facing assault charges.
Police confirmed that the boy was arrested last Friday.
He was released on bail for an undisclosed sum. The boy will have to report back to police next month.
The youngster cannot be identified because he is a minor.
The incident took place during a Hong Kong Development League game at King George V School between the ESF Lions and Kitchee-Escola.
The incident was captured on video and later uploaded to YouTube. The video created a huge controversy. Officials also decided to investigate.
League officials are considering banning the Lions player from the league for the rest of the season.
They also warned Kitchee it could face expulsion for 'misconduct' if it failed to control parents.
During the incident parents of Kitchee players ran on to the field of play. They began chasing after the offending Lions player.
Kitchee's operational director Stephen Lam Tak-sing said the club wants league organisers to revise the ruling against Kitchee.
'We know that parents should not enter the pitch, but when you see the situation, any dad would do that,' Lam said. 'It's just like when you see a child badly injured in a traffic incident. Anyone would run onto the road. Why, then, do you say the parents did something wrong?'
Philip Poon Hung-wai, the father of the injured boy, confirmed to the local media that the offending Lions player and his parents had tried to contact him to apologise.
'The boy's family had tried to contact me on three occasions after I filed police reports,' Poon said.
'But I had to turn them down because I had already given my statement to the police and the case is now under investigation.'
Poon said his son is recovering from injuries in the mouth, and bruises to his face.
He added that his family was ready to forgive the offending Lions player for his behaviour on the pitch.
'I am not going to be mad for the rest of my life,' Poon said.
'I hope the boy understands that what he had done was wrong. I am very disappointed with the reaction of the ESF Lions, their coach and the school authority.
'They have not yet reached out to me for an apology.'