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Parents Sue Over Son’s Soccer Ban

November 12, 1999

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The parents of a 9-year-old boy with cerebral palsy who was banned from playing soccer with a walker on wheels have filed a lawsuit, accusing the league of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Ryan Taylor’s parents sued Wednesday, hoping to get a federal judge to allow the third-grader to play in his team’s last game of the fall season on Saturday. A hearing was scheduled for today.

Ryan used a scooter-like, four-wheeled walker to practice with the team. He played defense in two games and kicked the ball away from the goal a few times, his mother said.

Then the president of the league learned that Ryan was using the walker and cited league rules that prohibit the use of the walker because it could injure another player.

A proposed compromise for the games allows him to kick the ball in if it goes out of bounds. The third-grader and his parents said they want him to be able to play.

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