The coach of a children’s team in Vancouver, Canada, has been sentenced to jail for deliberately tripping two opposing players during the post-game handshake.

Martin Tremblay will serve 15 days for the assault because he was in a position of trust.

One of the children, aged 13, injured his wrist and has had to wear a cast.

“Society will not tolerate the assault of children by adults,” said Judge Patrick Chen yesterday.

“(The sentence is) a signal to other parents heavily involved in the sporting activities of their children that they must be seen as models of good and acceptable behaviour and not as instigators of violence and of riotous behaviour.”