Amateur footballers deny vicious attack on referee

first_imgThe individuals charged over the incident at New River sports centre in north London in May have asked for personal hearings at the London Football Association to contest the charges.Footage captured from the stands was recorded at the final whistle of the Turkish Football Federation’s Cup final. Three amateur footballers have denied chasing and kicking a referee, despite talkSPORT releasing a video of the attack. 1 Only luck led to the existence of this footage, talkSPORT have been told EXCLUSIVE: Referee in #London chased and kicked by dozens of players… #RAMS pic.twitter.com/USs6nKk8Oj— Alex Dibble (@alex_dibble) May 24, 2018The league itself launched an investigation into the incident and told talkSPORT at the time: “It is horrible and sickening. Once we know who was involved we want to get rid of them from our league, whoever they are. We will throw the book at them.”Martin Cassidy of Ref Support UK described it as “the worst video we’ve seen on British soil of an assault on a match official.”The charity is using it to argue for a body camera trial for match officials. IFAB, which set the laws of the game, currently prohibit recording equipment.Mr Cassidy told talkSPORT only luck led to the existence of the footage. “This would have just been kept in-house and logged within the FA as another assault on a match official. That is not good enough.”The police were informed but no criminal charges have been brought.last_img

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