Ukraine’s football manager says he ordered his goalkeeper to save shots of a seven-year-old boy and has no regrets… as the disgraced goalkeeper apologizes to the grieving youngster and his team are invited to a match to make amends
- Seven-year-old Enoch Varga was invited to score on his birthday but his shots were blocked
- DVTK coach Sergei Kuznetsov, 40, said he asked his goalkeeper to save the goal
Ukraine’s female soccer players have doubled after a heartbroken birthday boy’s wish to score a goal for his favorite team in Hungary is dashed – with the manager admitting he ordered his goalkeeper to save the balls.
Sergei Kuznetsov, 40, said the team had not been informed of the plan to let the boy score in advance, which he said put his players and management in an embarrassing predicament.
Enoch Varga was allowed to enter the MTK Budapest Stadium to score a goal on his birthday before the match against DVTK Diosyor got underway. However, his dream was shattered when goalkeeper Zsombor Senko, from DVTK, took the shots.
Sad footage of goal attempts shows the seven-year-old shedding tears after his shots were saved by his goalkeeper.
Faced with mounting anger over the seemingly unsportsmanlike incident, Kuznetsov said in a statement issued by the club (roughly translated into English): ‘I stand by my decision, and I wouldn’t do it any other way today.
Sergey Kuznetsov, 40, said the team had not been informed in advance of the birthday boy’s wish, which he said put players and management in an awkward predicament.
But, he added, at the same time, he invited the club (ENOC) to a local DVTK match. I hope we consider this case closed.
He went so far as to compare the situation to a professional football match, and noted that “it is not realistic for a visiting goalkeeper to allow a shot from a striker at home”.
Just before kick-off, Enoch had the opportunity to shoot the ball towards the opposition goal, but his shot was saved by goalkeeper Zsumbor Cenko.
The footage shows the boy running excitedly with the ball at his feet and aiming it towards before being easily kicked by the goalkeeper.
The kid confidently retrieves the ball and tries again – only to have the goalkeeper save the score a second time.
The footage shows seven-year-old Enoch Varga crying after his shots were saved by a ruthless goalkeeper (Zsombor Cenko) of his favorite team’s rivals.
Audience members can be seen staring at the stadium disapprovingly, as young Enoch weeps. The bosses have now invited the young boy to another match, where he will be treated like a VIP.
Enoch’s father welcomed the fact that the team is now trying to make it up to his son, saying he was “very happy” the story could end “positively”. He added, “We don’t hold a grudge against Zsumbor, he just did what was asked of him.”
Unlike his manager, Zsombor said he did indeed regret the incident and said he would “do his best to make it up to Enok”.
He said he would personally welcome the young boy to his next game and give him personalized football memorabilia.
He said, “In the meantime, I hope he never gives up on his dreams and fights for every ball like he did Monday night!”
After the footage first emerged, people flocked to Twitter to question the guard’s actions.
The young MTK Budapest fan was allowed into the team’s grounds to score a goal on his birthday before the match against DVTK Diosyor started.
The footage shows the boy excitedly running with the ball and aiming it at goal before goalkeeper Zsumbor Senko – who plays for DVTK – kicks it effortlessly.
One wrote: “I bet the bouncer feels huge. His ego must be extraordinary after those two mental rescues.”
What a keeper. Rescue from a small child.
Another person wrote on Twitter: “This guard is cruel.”
Another commented, “No need for GK to do that — absolutely no need.”
Another person wrote: “Poor little buddy broke his dream and honestly there are hard lessons to learn in life that aren’t one of them at that age that I personally don’t think about.”
Football’s Barstool commented, “Life sucks, you get used to it.”
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