Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Teen Kicked off Girls' Soccer Team over Salmon-Farm Sponsorship Spat

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Teen Kicked off Girls' Soccer Team over Salmon-Farm Sponsorship Spat

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B.C. teen kicked off soccer team in fish-farm spat

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VANCOUVER - A soccer club on northern Vancouver Island has red carded a 14-year-old girl, barring her from playing on an elite team in a dispute about a sponsorship deal with a salmon-farming company.

The Upper Island Riptide club announced Thursday it could not reconcile its differences with Freyja Reed and, as a result, had "parted ways" with the teen goalkeeper.

Freyja and her mother Anissa Reed, who live in Comox, B.C., oppose open net-pen salmon farming and have been at odds with the club over a sponsorship deal announced in August with Marine Harvest Canada, one of the world's largest salmon-farming companies.

Riptide spokesman Sean Arbour said there was a "hiccup" with the Reeds over the club's code of conduct and the mother and daughter had been previously warned.

"I wish there was a manual that they gave you when you started volunteering that, 'hey, you might need to deal with this one day,' but there isn't," he said.

A club news release said the decision was "collective" and based on feedback from players, families and volunteers.

Anissa Reed said she was outraged, noting she was informed by email around the same time the news release was issued.

"They issued a press release prior to allowing me to tell her, when she's at school," she said.

Marine Harvest spokesman Ian Roberts declined to comment on the decision.

Commercial fishermen gathered on Thursday at the Comox fisherman's wharf in support of the teen.

The United Fishermen and Allied Workers Union, numerous seafood companies and individual fishermen said they would present the girl with a trust fund so she could continue to play soccer without any sponsorship issues.

Willie Mitchell, a salmon-farming opponent and member of the NHL's Florida Panthers, offered to sponsor the team himself in a Tuesday tweet. …

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