Legal options?

Hello fellow blitzers,

 

A certain incident has happened to me in the last couple of days and I didn't know which sub-forum to post this in but the description had 'serious discussion' so went with this one.

 

Anyhow, I play indoor footy at my local leisure centre (yes, soft I know) and were playing the top side in our league. We were placed at the bottom of the ladder and were looking to start well early. After travelling overseas in an emergency situation: I caused headaches for the rest of the team to find a replacement.

 

Nearing the end of the game, we were up by 8 points with a minute left and were playing possession footy. This fumed the opposition players and one of them decided to give me an illegal bump off the ball where I fall to the ground and asked the umprie/s if they had seen it. Like most umpires, their excuse was that they were blind-sided and didn't see anything (yeah right!!). I preceded to get up and thought I wouldn't take action until after the final whistle was blown. 

 

Staying to my promise, I confronted the player and asked him why he would attack me like that. His reply, "I was bored." I told him that it wasn't good enough and called him a coward for the hit and not giving an appropriate answer. Push come to shove, he eventually went for a right hook/punch which connected on the left side of my jaw. Not expecting the hit, I fall yet again, dazed.

 

I immediately iced the jaw and was probably lucky that their was no fracture/break or blood streaming out. But of course there was pain.The managers came over to myself and informed me that I could press charges/sue and that he would be banned from the centre. 

 

Going in today, the manager wanted to talk and was telling me that the initial confrontation from myself was the wrong thing to do. I told him I can't agree and stated an example that if someone hits/bumps someone in the street, you'd expect a re-action as self-defence. He replied, "Here is not the same as the street. Here is my property and you inform the officials of any problem you have." I then said, "they're both public places so same rules should apply"

 

Eventually, he informed me because of the inital confrontation, I would be suspended for one game and that the offender will ONLY be banned for the rest of the season (contradicting much) and will be back next season. 

 

 

So, what I want to know is that can I sue/press charges on the offender without it being too costly? I am only a student and honestly cannot afford the legal fees. Also, doesn't the centre owe a duty of care to their players? Can I sue them too? Was the punishment too lenient? What kind of precedent does that set? You can hit someone and escape with minimal penalty!!

 

I'm sorry for the long read but I appreciate any advice or opinion you post. I will also accept criticism if I'm in the wrong too. 

Thanks.

I don't think the indoor centre had any breach of duty of care - you went up to the player after the game.. I disagree that its a public place as well. Its his building which he runs a business in I assume? 

 

I am no lawyer, but I doubt you can sue him??? did you incur any damages apart from a sore chin?

 

You could press charges I guess, but you dont have an injury.

 

I am sure someone more lawyery can help you though, but I think the outcome seems fair. Banned for a year for giving you a crack after you confronted him after the game seems MANIFESTLY EXCESSIVE. not really, but about right.

If you feel strongly about it, first thing you need to do is go to the Police and get charges laid for assault. Then if the Police will charge your attacker and this means evidence of the assault and witnesses, then call Slater &Gordon and get their one free session to determine if you have a case against both the Sports Centre and the guy who hit you.

To be honest, unless your jaw was broken or you needed medical treatment, Police may not be interested and without them move on and stay out of trouble.

I'd go to the cops first. There would probably be surveillance cameras in the place for evidence. As far as being a public place, whether it is or not doesn't make any difference, people can't go around hitting other people.

 

"Going in today, the manager wanted to talk and was telling me that the initial confrontation from myself was the wrong thing to do."

 

This is after he initially told you that you could press charges or sue? Hmm, I think that the manager has had a think about the situation and is trying to avoid being dragged into it. Contact Lionel Hutz, he can tell tell you where you stand.

 

Either that or start pumping some serious Iron

Train your ■■■ off, make a montage, come back next season and kick his ■■■.

He copped a whack, man up and move on. It's not the end of the world. Life is not a box of chocolates son.

What happens on the ground stays on the ground doesn't it?

Yeah, but you can still ask wtf was with that? Playing soccer last season some wog try to snap my leg in half with a studs up tackle(That should have been red carded) after the match when shaking hands I asked wtf was with that tackle. Inthis case rather than try and smack me he said it was "misstimed"(bullshite) but I left it at that.

 

The other bloke is way out of line for clocking him for asking WTF,

He copped a whack, man up and move on. It's not the end of the world. Life is not a box of chocolates son.

This is possibly the dumbest post.

 

So what if the "whack" was 3cm higher? Could have killed him.

 

He copped a whack, man up and move on. It's not the end of the world. Life is not a box of chocolates son.

This is possibly the dumbest post.

 

So what if the "whack" was 3cm higher? Could have killed him.

 

What if  ..... ffs ...... this is half the reason our society is so ■■■■■■ up. Lawyers at 20 paces for any lttle thing. There is no "what if", only "what was."

 

What if your nasty comments on here might cause a breakdown for someone - should you be taken to court for "what if"?

Players play at own risk etc etc etc

 

Edit: also an indoor sports venue is not a public place.

Staying to my promise, I confronted the player and asked him why he would attack me like that. His reply, "I was bored." I told him that it wasn't good enough and called him a coward for the hit and not giving an appropriate answer. Push come to shove, he eventually went for a right hook/punch which connected on the left side of my jaw. Not expecting the hit, I fall yet again, dazed.

So hang on, you instigated a confrontation, and then want to sue the bloke for retaliating?

A guy bumped you during a game of footy so you wait until the game is over and go confront him, abuse and insult him, then want to sue him?

'Merica

A guy bumped you during a game of footy so you wait until the game is over and go confront him, abuse and insult him, then want to sue him?
'Merica

Here in Australia we would just king hit him when he's not looking...

 

A guy bumped you during a game of footy so you wait until the game is over and go confront him, abuse and insult him, then want to sue him?
'Merica

Here is Australia we would just king hit him when he's not looking...

 

Gotta do 438 red bull and stoly shots first.

Excuse the pun, but you should cop it on the chin.
You instigated a confontation because someone bumped you? And now you want to sue because he hit you during a push-and-shove that you started? Get over yourself, stop sooking, and be thankful that you don’t have a broken jaw.

hunt him down and shoot him

 

or

 

let it go

 

wouldn't worry about anything in between

Look up his fb page, print off a photo, put in on a poster with the words 'I Am A Tool' at the bottom, post them on telephone polls all over town.

 

Easier, less expensive, more satisfying than court.

Take it to the streets

Look up his fb page, print off a photo, put in on a poster with the words 'I Am A Tool' at the bottom, post them on telephone polls all over town.

 

Easier, less expensive, more satisfying than court.

would that be run from an Indian call center?

bang his missus