Po­lice probe soc­cer match brawl

Accrington Observer - - NEWS -

PO­LICE have launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a ju­nior foot­ball match after a large fight in­volv­ing 20 peo­ple broke out.

Of­fi­cers were called to an un­der-16s foot­ball match be­tween Globe Park JFC, from Ac­cring­ton, and Tot­ting­ton United.

Lan­cashire Po­lice said they were called to a ‘pub­lic or­der of­fence and a re­port of 20 peo­ple fight­ing dur­ing the foot­ball game’.

A spokesper­son said: “The un­der-16s ref­eree had made de­ci­sions that nei­ther team agreed with.

“Ten­sions boiled over be­tween ri­val sup­port­ers and some of the foot­ballers be­came in­volved.

“Adults then started fight­ing and var­i­ous peo­ple re­ceived in­juries.”

Po­lice said no ar­rests have been made and an in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing to ‘find out who the of­fend­ers are’. The game was be­ing held at Black­burn Cen­tral High School on Hasling­den Road and the in­ci­dent was re­ported to po­lice at around 10.50am on Satur­day, Septem­ber 9.

The match, which was aban­doned, was be­ing played as part of the Bolton, Bury and District Foot­ball League U16s A-di­vi­sion.

Globe Park JFC have de­clined to com­ment when con­tacted by the Ob­server.

A spokesper­son for Tot­ting­ton United said: “We are await­ing the out­come of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. It’s with the po­lice as I un­der­stand it.”

Roger De No­brega, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Lan­cashire FA, said: “We are aware of the in­ci­dent and are in di­rect com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the po­lice, the FA, League, match of­fi­cial and both clubs. At this mo­ment in time we are col­lat­ing in­for­ma­tion as to what hap­pened be­fore we take things fur­ther.”

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