Un­ruly footy fight

Charges af­ter young girl hos­pi­talised

Joondalup Weekender - - Front Page - Mark Don­ald­son and Lau­ren Pi­lat

A FIGHT at a girls’ foot­ball match in Heathridge, that re­sulted in a 13-year-old girl be­ing charged over an op­po­nent’s se­ri­ous spinal and fa­cial in­juries, is be­lieved to have started be­cause of an um­pir­ing dis­pute.

Po­lice al­lege the girl asked the vic­tim if she wanted to fight while the pair were ar­gu­ing about the of­fi­ci­at­ing dur­ing a Fri­day night match be­tween Ocean Ridge and War­wick Green­wood on June 8.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors have ac­cused the Hock­ing res­i­dent of ag­gres­sively pulling the 15-year-old vic­tim’s pony­tail be­fore tack­ling her to the ground and re­peat­edly punch­ing her to the face.

Po­lice said the vic­tim re­ceived bruis­ing and swelling to her face and was left with pro­longed dizzi­ness and con­cus­sion.

It is un­der­stood she had a cer­vi­cal spinal in­jury and a haem­or­rhage in one of her eyes.

It was un­clear what ac­tion caused the spinal in­jury.

The vic­tim is re­ceiv­ing on­go­ing treat­ment in Perth Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal.

Po­lice charged the al­leged of­fender with griev­ous bod­ily harm and she is due in Joon­dalup Chil­dren’s Court on Au­gust 7.

Ju­nior club pres­i­dents were told to re­fer me­dia ques­tions to the WA Foot­ball Com­mis­sion.

The WAFC con­firmed it was aware of the in­ci­dent but would not com­ment on whether it was con­duct­ing its own in­ves­ti­ga­tion as the case was headed for court.

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