Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

MUM AND DAD OF PLAYER ATTACK TEENAGE REF AT UNDER 9s MATCH ; Couple Spat at and Grabbed Official, 16

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

MUM AND DAD OF PLAYER ATTACK TEENAGE REF AT UNDER 9s MATCH ; Couple Spat at and Grabbed Official, 16

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ATEENAGE referee was grabbed by the throat and spat at by a raging mum and dad at an under 9s football match. Police are investigating after the terrified official, 16, told bosses at Manchester FA that a player's mum TWICE spat in his face as he walked back to the changing rooms, before the woman's husband grabbed him by the throat. The referee is said to be contemplating quitting after the attack at Barr Hill Playing Fields in Salford.

It is understood trouble flared at the game between Barr Hill Under 9s Clubs and Moorside Rangers Under 9s when the referee decided not to give a free kick after a tackle on a Barr Hill striker. The parents of the player then began to shout at the official who stopped the game to ask them to calm down.

They refused and when the referee returned are alleged to have launched an expletive-laden tirade in front of stunned spectators. The official asked them to leave and, after a 10-minute delay and the intervention of the Barr Hill manager, they went to the nearby clubhouse. …

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