Player hurt in tackle

A FOOTBALL game was abandoned when an air ambulance was called to take an injured player to hospital.The game at Green Lane, Tattingstone, was halted during the first half when a 19-year-old player suffered a suspected ankle fracture.

A FOOTBALL game was abandoned when an air ambulance was called to take an injured player to hospital.

The game at Green Lane, Tattingstone, was halted during the first half when a 19-year-old player suffered a suspected ankle fracture.

Jonathan Parsons was playing for Needham Market A, against Tattingstone United in the Metaltec Suffolk and Ipswich League Division Three game on Saturday afternoon when he fell awkwardly.

The East Anglian air ambulance was sent and landed on the pitch to take Jonathan, son of David Parsons, Needham Market's manager, to Ipswich Hospital for treatment.

David Edevane, secretary of Tattingstone United, said: "It was just a run-of-the-mill tackle and he fell awkwardly. I do not know why an ordinary ambulance was not used and I was surprised when a helicopter landed on the pitch.

"The game was abandoned because by the time we would have restarted, it would probably have been dark before the finish and there was a general feeling that we did not want to continue."

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Needham Market's first team manager, Colin Macrow, said the player had sustained a "serious break" and the hospital had hoped to operate on him yesterday.

The Parsons family was unavailable for comment.

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