Glenthorne defender attacked
JC MSFL Glenthorne United have filed a formal complaint to the Football Association after one of their players was hospitalised as Sunday’s London FA Junior Cup tie against Antespor turned sour.
Thornes defender Jamie Braha was attacked by an opponent from the Turkish team who took exception to his challenge. He was punched in the face and left with a broken nose and a concussion.
The incident saw the referee abandon the match with five minutes left. Braha was taken to King George’s Hospital in Essex. He will undergo an operation in two weeks.
“It was complete madness,” said Thornes midfielder Daniel Lassman. “It was a fiery affair from the first whistle. There was a supporter on the sidelines from the opposing team who was causing a lot of the trouble and wanted to start fights. They were very frustrated and it all blew up when Jamie was hit.”
Glenthorne manager Ian Cohen said: “My boys showed unbelievable character against huge intimidation.”
Antespor manager Mehmet Ali blamed his team’s reaction on the Glenthorne players “kicking and producing racist remarks” towards his players.
Glenthorne chairman Sid Shaw, who filed the complaint, denied this.
Glenthorne were leading 3-2.