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Dad's behavior gets autistic son kicked off soccer team?

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Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013 10:47 pm | Updated: 5:39 pm, Fri Sep 6, 2013.

A Valley boy with autism is kicked off his soccer team because of his dad's behavior and his parents are crying foul.

Todd Weaton says he criticized the San Tan United Soccer Academy on its Facebook page after a series of last minute changes to his son Junar’s soccer schedule and game times.

“I was a little angry with the communication skills, we work all day,” Weaton said.

The league director, Ruben Hernandez says he tried to talk to Weaton about it at the first game and they had words.

Weaton says he walked away and told Hernandez he didn’t have a problem, but Hernandez claims Weaton was aggressive and swore at him.

Days later the family got a letter saying their son was off the team and they were banned from the league.

“If I have to keep looking over my shoulder, where is he, what is he doing? We're volunteers; nobody should be put in that position," Hernandez said.

The boy’s mom says they would be fine keeping his dad away from the games, but her son should not be punished.

Soccer has helped with his autism, and she says he won’t understand why he can’t play anymore.

Hernandez says the league committee voted and it’s a done deal. He says the mother can try to get it worked out for next season.

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