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‘It should never have come to this’: Punched for rebuking racism, a young player takes Football NSW to court

A promising soccer player who was assaulted by a teammate in a one-punch attack after rebuking him for a racist comment is suing him, the club and Football NSW for negligence.

Angus Chance was 20 when he told his Dulwich Hill FC teammate, Nathan Bowden-Haase, to “grow up, stop being racist” after he yelled “f***ing Japanese c***s” at three players trialling with the team in a training session in May 2018.

Angus Chance receives his award as the NSW NPL3's under-20s player of the year in 2017 from Stuart Hodge, the chief executive of Football NSW.

Angus Chance receives his award as the NSW NPL3’s under-20s player of the year in 2017 from Stuart Hodge, the chief executive of Football NSW.

Mr Bowden-Haase, who was 34 at the time, then confronted Mr Chance and punched him forcefully on the jaw, putting him in hospital for weeks and leaving him with a broken jaw, displaced teeth, a permanent loss of sensation in his gums and chronic post-traumatic stress disorder, along with other injuries and disabilities he continues to manage.

Mr Bowden-Haase was sentenced to 20 months’ home detention in late 2018, but is now being pursued in a civil case by Mr Chance, who was named Football NSW’s NPL3 under-20s player of the year in 2017. Mr Chance is seeking to recoup tens of thousands of dollars in medical and legal costs and damages – although an exact figure has not been provided in the statement of claim, which has been seen by the Herald.

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