San Ignacio Residents Disturbed by Escalating Fights at Falcon Field During Football Matches
San Ignacio residents are a bit disturbed at the increased number of fights happening at the Falcon Field during and after football matches. The situation has gotten out of hand, that on several occasions Police are being called to respond. One alternative is to hire police officers to secure the peace at the games, but that is not a free solution. According to Mayor Earl Trapp, he is hoping that his appeal to the public will work and the hostilities would lessen at future events.
Earl Trapp, Mayor of San Ignacio / Santa Elena: “First of all I want to make it abundantly clear that when this little stadium was put on black and white to get constructed the main idea was to create events that would be more family oriented, something that families can come together and enjoy. So that was the main focus and of course it helps to promote health as people play sports and exercise. I know about six months ago there was an incident again with fans. It’s not the players and this was basically with the U-10 tournament. One whereby the some of the, I would even say parents would shout at their children or grandchildren to basically kick down the person and break their foot, you know? Break their feet. And that’s wrong. We are supposed to be molding our children into disciplined people. So we had addressed that situation, but now we are having tournaments with bigger people, grown-up people, adults and it continues. For example, last night we had a game here, females playing and some fans hurling I think unacceptable words at some of the young ladies and then their family or spouses heard what was being hurled at their loved ones and then that’s where the retaliation started and the brawl started there on the bleachers. And I mean, we have children out there. We need to set positive examples for our children. So with this said, I spoke to the councilor responsible for sports and I told him that we will have to ban those people that were responsible for this act. Ban them from the stadium complete. And then if it continues, then whichever team is found guilty of fighting on the field we will have to expel them from the tournament because this is not what we were anticipating. We were anticipating tournaments that would bring family and friends together and enjoy some good games. So I am appealing to the general public, fans, if you come to game please control yourselves. Let us respect each other. I mean especially, I mean females, you don’t hurl insulting words at the females. I mean we should applaud them for coming out and playing football, playing sports. I mean it’s a good form of exercise and living a healthy lifestyle. So we should encourage them rather than hurling insulting words at them.”