Angry parent lashes out at referee

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE:A TEENAGE referee has spoken of his disgust at being attacked by a parent, only minutes after he blew the final whistle on an under-11s football match.

By Jo Macdonald

A TEENAGE referee has spoken of his disgust at being attacked by a parent, moments after he blew the final whistle on an under-11s football match.

The semi-final league cup game between Needham Phoenix and Stow Falcons, at Crowley Park in Needham Market, had only just ended on Easter Sunday when 18-year-old Jonathan Pritchard, who was making his way over to thank the linesman for his help, was knocked to the ground from behind.

Jonathan has been left nursing a badly bruised and swollen leg and unable to play football for his village team or go to work until it has healed.


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Suffolk police confirmed they are investigating an incident at the match in Needham Market at 1.40pm on Sunday.

A spokeswoman said: "I can confirm we had a report of an 18-year-old referee being assaulted by a member of the crowd when he was walking off the pitch. He felt a blow to his right thigh which caused him to fall to the ground.

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