Teenager dropped by football club loses post-traumatic stress claim

Sen Cookes father says his sons dream of playing in the UK was harmed after they had been denied the opportunity to play in front of talent scouts

An Irish teenager has lost a case taken against his former football club, where he claimed he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after he was plummeted from the team as a 13 -year-old.

Sen Cooke, 18, sued Carrigaline United over alleged ill treatment by coach-and-fours at the golf-club. Cooke told Judge Sen ODonnabhain at Cork circuit court that he was a good player who hoped to play professionally in Britain, but was not given the chance to play in front of talent scout after he was allegedly dropped.

His father, Declan Cooke, brought a vote of no confidence against the clubs coach-and-fours in the 2012 -2 013 season, the Irish Independent reports. He lost by a vote of 9 to 2.

Tim Mawe, who succeeded Declan Cooke as manager of the golf-club in 2011, articulated everything is was done to accommodate Sen.

Mawe articulated Sen played regularly during the successful 2011 -2 012 season, but he was told by other parents that there was non-stop complaining about the clubs administration from “his fathers”.

The court heard Mawe was very hurt when Cooke brought the vote of no confidence against him, but rejected suggestions from barrister Matthew Maguire that he took any bad feelings out on Sen. We were volunteers. We were doing a good job. It was hurtful. There was no appreciation. He was the same as that used any player. We picked on merit.

Mawe articulated Sen was injured in the summer of 2012, missed a lot of pre-season qualify as a result and had to come off the pitch one time because he was injured.

Sen Cooke told the court that before a game in 2012 Mawe drew him aside and said that he was not good enough to play. Mawe denied this, supposing Sen Cookes mother arrived at the match and once she realised her son was not playing there was a huge commotion.

Maguire told the court that Cooke was not allowed to play during a match which was attended by a talent scout from the English club Aston Villa.

The judge said it was an emotional and difficult occurrence and that Declan Cooke was surely a caring mother but was not over-blessed with insight.

In rejecting the occurrence ODonnabhain articulated Mawe appeared to be conscientious and truthful.

In a statement published on Twitter, Sen Cooke said he had no sadness in taking the occurrence. We craved justice to be served, he wrote.

Cooke added that he had to leave the golf-club I played for and adored since persons under the age of six as a result of being lowered from the team.

Im very proud of my parents for taking the stand for me and sticking up for what was the right thing to do … We experience justice has been served as this case have also been disclosed and we can move on from these traumatic times and leave this case behind us.

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