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Under 16s game abandoned as match descends into chaos as Police are called

A junior football match descended into violence after a referee sent off parents at the weekend, the incident which occurred at Blackburn Central High School involving 2 U16s teams on Saturday sparked calls for police to attend

Police said they were called to the incident at around 10.50am after a fight broke out between approximately 20 people including both adults and children.

The incident at the school off Haslingden Road has also been reported to the Lancashire FA. Police said no arrests were made but several people were spoken to after the incident.

A police spokesman said: “A fight broke out at a youth football game between two local teams, It was a public order offence and around 20 people both adults and children were involved. Three people were identified by police and had to be spoken to about the incident, No arrests have been made at this stage.”

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On the Bolton, Bury and District Football League the match is listed as abandoned. The incident has been reported to the Local County FA and we understand there is a police investigation ongoing.

At this time we cannot comment further on the incident however we will update in due course.

Today’s reports are rare in comparison to the number of games played without incident. Although incidents of verbal abuse are currently at unacceptable levels and much more work needs to be addressed in this area, the reported levels of violence remains extremely low.

We know a lot of parents are passionate when watching their child play, and sadly that passion can manifest into incidents where referees have been verbally abused or anger has flared between parents.
This kind of behaviour can not and should not be condoned – however it is extremely rare to view extreme violence at a grassroots football match and there are a lot more positives associated with grassroots football that unfortunately does not get the coverage it deserves.


Police investigate Coach assault on 16 year old Ref!!!

Claims in the Kent online state Police are investigating an alleged assault at a football tournament attended by more than 800 children. The tournament was Deal Town Rangers Youth FCs tournament at the Goodwin Academy, Mill Road, Kent

The Kent online state it is believed a manager from a participating team is believed to have pushed a teenage referee to the ground in front of players as young as six.

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It has been confirmed that Police attended the scene between 1pm and 1.14pm on Saturday and are now appealing for witnesses to the incident to come forward with information as to what happened. “It is being looked at by the police and after that it will be looked at by the Kent Football Association.

Deal Town Rangers Youth FC chairman Alan Clarke said to the Kent online: “An incident occurred at our two-day tournament between a manager and a referee. This was the biggest event ever with 110 teams from 30 clubs taking part, over 850 players in 305 games and in 10 age groups, It’s just a shame one incident marred the excellent event.”

A spokesman for Kent FA said the organisation was investigating the incident.

A spokesman for Grassroots Football – Paul Kirton which supports grassroots clubs throughout the UK – said reports of extreme violence are rare in comparison to the number of games played without incident. Although incidents of verbal abuse are currently at unacceptable levels and much more work needs to be addressed in this area, the reported levels of violence remains extremely low.

But while the organisation says incidents of this nature do happen and “can not be condoned” extreme incidents are very rare and there are a lot more positives in youngsters being part of the grassroots family.

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Police are called after teenage player is assaulted by spectator!!

Chaos and violence erupted at a grassroots game as a male spectator is alleged to have  assaulted a 13 year old player  on Sunday, it is believed the incident occurred off Necton Street, in Syston.

Police are looking into exactly what happened, but have confirmed they are investigating an assault on a teenager.


A police spokeswoman said: “We are investigating a report of assault in a park off Necton Street, Syston, at around 12 noon in which a teenage victim sustained minor injuries and was taken to hospital by the ambulance service.

“Our inquiries are in their early stages and no arrests have been made.

“Anyone who was there and has information about the incident is asked to call us on 101 quoting incident number 258 of November 6.”


Leicestershire & Rutland County Football Association, stated the following: “We are aware of the incident and are investigating, subject to the police investigation, which takes precedence in these matters.”


A spokesman for Grassroots Football – which supports grassroots clubs throughout the UK – says today’s reports of extreme violence are rare in comparison to the number of games played without incident. Although incidents of verbal abuse are currently at unacceptable levels and much more work needs to be addressed in this area, the reported levels of violence remains extremely low.


Match abandoned when spectators turn up with weapons following a row on the sidelines.

Police are appealing for information after an incident at a football match in Thornaby on Sunday 16th October.

A cup game between Thornaby Village and Wrekenton Blue Star (Gateshead) was taking place from 2pm at Teesdale Park on Acklam Road. At around 3pm an altercation took place between several spectators and a local man left the park, returning with several other men all wearing balaclavas and carrying weapons.


One man was wearing a black jacket and blue bottoms but there are no descriptions for the other men.

No one was injured however the game was abandoned at half time due to this. According to reports, a local man had left the park in Thornaby following a row involving spectators and returned with several others, all wearing balaclavas and carrying weapons. The game was abandoned at half-time and police have appealed for information.


Cleveland Police would like anyone with information about this incident, particularly if they know the identity of the men in balaclavas, to contact us on 101. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website


All hell breaks out a junior football match….

Days after the Chairman on the Surrey Youth league made claims of violence getting of control at Junior football matches we have been made aware of an alleged incident from Leicester on Sunday.  The Leicester Mercury are reporting as follows….

A junior football match was abandoned when one team’s players allegedly launched an attack on the referee, opposing players and supporters
A junior football match was abandoned when one team’s players allegedly launched an attack on the referee, opposing players and supporters.

Two men were reportedly taken to hospital with stud marks to their heads after violence broke out at the under-15s match between Leicester Nirvana Juniors FC and Thurmaston Magpies JFC at Hamilton Park, in Sandhills Avenue, Hamilton, Leicester on Sunday.

Thurmaston chairman and team manager James Harley said his side’s supporters and players had “been laid into”.

Nirvana officials, however, said some of their 14 and 15-year-old players were assaulted by adult supporters of Magpies. Its statement is published in full below.

It is claimed that 10 minutes before the end of the Leicester and District Sunday Juniors’ League game, which Thurmaston were winning 4-0, the Nirvana manager allegedly walked onto the pitch to speak to the referee, who had changed a decision after speaking to his linesman.

Thurmaston chairman and team manager James Harley said an elderly Thurmaston supporter, there to watch her grandson play, told the manager to get off the pitch, and was shouted at.

Mr Harley said the woman’s grandson ran over to intervene, when a Nirvana player started chasing him.
“The next thing, our supporters and players were laid into,” said Mr Harley. “They were fly-kicked, and one man was kicked to the floor.

“One of our supporters had to be taken to hospital with his son after six or eight of them got him, kicking and punching him.

“The ref was fly-kicked in the ribs and put on the floor.”

Magpies’ coach Elfyn Thomas said: “I’d gone onto the pitch to tend to our goalkeeper who’d got a cut in a collision with one of our own players.

“When I turned round to look back up the pitch, all hell had broken loose. About six or seven of their players, not the whole team, just flew at our players and supporters feet first.

“I was stood about five yards away from the ref when one of their players launched at him feet first and caught him in the ribs, winding him ad knocking him to the floor.

“The ref had done nothing to provoke it and there had been no problem until this happened. The police were called. They took statements and one parent handed over some video.”

Referee Nigel Garner, who is also the league secretary, said he had been asked not to speak about the incident by the county FA while an investigation is under way.

A Leicester referee, Stewart Walker, who spoke out in the Mercury on Saturday about violence at children’s football games, said: “I hope Nigel is okay, he is a great ref and person and I am just shocked to hear it has happened to him and I hope he gets better soon.

“All I know is he was assaulted and the police were called. I’m surprised it has happened to him, but as I know myself, things are getting worse.”

A Leicestershire Police spokeswoman said: “We are investigating reports of an affray at about 11.45am on Sunday involving a number of people.

“It is unclear what injuries were suffered. Inquiries are in their early stages. There have been no arrests and the investigation continues.”

Keith Murdoch, chief executive officer at Leicestershire and Rutland County FA, said: “We are aware of incidents reported at the game which we are investigating.

“Until such time as we are able to conclude that, we are not able to say anything which may prejudice the investigation.”

Statement from Leicester Nirvana
In a statement, Leicester Nirvana said: “For the second time in four years, youth from Nirvana Football Club had to witness adults become physically aggressive and assault 14 – 15-year-old boys at a game.

“The alleged offence occurred at an Under 15’s football game between Leicester Nirvana and Thurmaston Magpies FC on Sunday at Hamilton Park.

“Nirvana feel compelled to share their shock and disappointment at the events that many had to witness.

“The incident was further inflamed after 14 -15 year old boys from Nirvana were attacked by two middle aged adults (from the opposing spectators) that attended the fixture, resulting in further melees.

“The Leicestershire County FA, the league and the police have all been notified and are all commencing investigations. We will work with all mentioned and any others necessary to ensure this matter is dealt with and resolved in a swift and satisfactory manner.”

The statement added: “The club takes its safeguarding duty with the utmost seriousness and will not under any circumstances put the safety of our players or any others at risk.

“We will work with all parties to ensure this matter is dealt with and resolved. We are sure members from the opposing club, as are we, disappointed to have been put in this position.

“All names of those involved in the fixture have been provided by the club. Our hope is that the opposing club also does the same, especially forwarding the names of the two male adults who physically assaulted and attacked minors on a football pitch.

“The continuing catalogue of incidents by adults against children/ youths demonstrates there is a real need for solutions and a constructive and informed debate with the police and those who govern football.”
Reporter  Alan Thompson

Courtesy Leicestermercury.co.uk