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Malden gives soccer league the boot over beer

Posted by Jarret Bencks  July 1, 2013 03:27 PM

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An amateur adult soccer league has had its license to use Malden's Macdonald Stadium revoked after the city's police chief found players openly drinking at the stadium.

Police Chief Kevin Molis was off-duty in the area of the stadium on June 23 when he noticed a man walking down the street trying to conceal a beer can inside his t-shirt. Inside the stadium he found two more men drinking and a cooler of beer, he said.

Molis spoke to the men, but didn't cite them, he said.

"They probably didn't fully recognize who I was at time," Molis said. "They were warned and admonished."

The group using the field was D-One Soccer, an adult soccer team in its first year renting the field from the city on Sunday evenings. It was the fourth of 10 dates reserved by the league, according city spokeswoman Kathleen Manning Hall. The league also plays games in Everett.

Molis notified the city's stadium commission, which held an emergency meeting on June 29 and voted without objection to revoke the league's license to use the stadium, Manning Hall said.

Jeff Paul, co-founder of D-One Soccer, said the incident was the result of one team in the 15-team league violating regulations, and that team has been dismissed from the league.

"We have strict rules and regulations, this is one team that was not compliant," he said. "If you can't comply with certain rules and regulations, we can't accept that behavior."

Paul, a Malden resident, said he planned to try to appeal the license revocation.

"It's a blow, it's a big blow, I really feel bad about this," he said.

Molis said he believed the stadium commission handled the situation appropriately.

"They placed a priority on it, and they were fair and judicious," he said.

The stadium is owned and operated by the city. There was some controversy last year when a start-up semi-pro football team tried to lease the field for spring games. Some residents pushed against the proposal because the team wanted to serve alcohol during games.

The Stadium Commission is expected to review its policy for leasing the stadium at a meeting July 10.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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