London mayor Boris Johnson flattens 10-year-old in touch rugby match

London mayor Boris Johnson delivered a withering blow to an opponent during a recent pick-up rugby match. His victim? A 10-year-old boy.

He chose the path of least resistance

Flamboyant Boris Johnson plays in promotional street match, accidentally bowls over young player 1:10

A little boy in Japan had a special meeting with London mayor Boris Johnson.

During an informal street rugby match in Tokyo Thursday, Johnson knocked 10-year-old Toki Sekiguchi to the ground with a man-sized blow the school boy will not soon forget.

The mayor, who is on a trade visit to Tokyo, was invited to join in a little non-contact fun, which quickly escalated as Johnson, ball in hand, careened up the miniature pitch and directly into the elementary school student.

The mayor shook the minor's hand afterward and apologized, according to the BBC.

After the incident, Sekiguchi told the Guardian: "I felt a little bit of pain but it's OK," adding that his meeting with Johnson had been "enjoyable."

As a rule, touch-versions of sports don't involve tackling, though abstaining from a proper walloping is something the rugby-loving mayor has struggled with in the past.

He's getting a bit of a trouncing himself online.

Though some think he should get off on a technicality. 

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