I heard on the news this morning that the NRL is considering banning parents from all junior games after a 12 year old boy was attacked by one of the oppositions parents.
I have witnessed first hand some ugly incidents involving junior football as I umpire on the weekends. Abuse from the coach, parents, even the kids themselves on the field if they don't like a decision you have handed down. To my surprise even racial villification in an under 10's match from a lovely father who did not like the "treatment" his son was getting.
If this continues to escalate there will be no one left to umpire/coach/play the game. Junior sport is the loser.