Kavan Ryan is the goalkeeper for the Codland Colts, a youth soccer team in in Redditch, Worcestershire, UK.
He was playing a match against Alvechurch Youth on Aug 14 when he unexpectedly collapsed when an opposing player when in for a plunge and struck his leg with his soccer shoe.
But instead of the more common studs, the player was wearing newer blade soccer shoes. Coldland Colts executive Andy Taylor thinks blades should be banned from kid's soccer.
"I regard bladed boots should be criminialized from kids’ football. Kids wear them on paths and sand and the blades become sharp, roughly similar to a weapon."
Kavan's leg was sliced open and bleeding profusely.
His father Rob Copestake, said: " I’ve never seen anything similar to that, and I’ve played a lot of football. My large apprehension was that it had strike a principal blood vessel and Kavan could’ve bled to death...A lot of people felt physically sick."
It took ten stitches to close the wound.
The referee mentioned the plunge into was a outcome of "youthful over-enthusiasm."
A spokesman for Alvechurch described the damage as "terrible" but stressed there was no malevolence intended. He said, "I regard people reacted to the damage – and, yes, it was really bad. But it was not the outcome of aroused play."
But schoolboy Kavan yesterday shrugged off the incident, which happened just 20 minutes into his debut for the club.
He said, "I'm OK really, I just can't wait to get back out on the pitch again. It's just one of those things really. I ran out to smother the ball and he came running through, didn't even slide, he just stamped on me. I got up and started hopping around and pulled my shorts up to just see my skin hanging off."
"That's when I started screaming."
Although the tackle was regarded as accidental rather than malicious, a spokesperson for West Mercia Police said: "We can declare we are investigating an accusation of assault in connection to this incident." No charges have been filed at this time.
Kavan's father remarked, "We are unaware when Kavan will fool around once again – he’s hobbling at the moment. When it happened, he mentioned he longed for to stop work football. But it’s a one-off injury, something similar to that will never come about to him again. We do know he will be scarred for life."