Ban us at your peril

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BYDANNYCARO

FOOT­BALL EL­LIOTT Bloom has threat­ened to pull Faith­fold B out of Mac­cabi foot­ball if they are thrown out of the Pe­ter Mor­ri­son Tro­phy.

Faith­fold­face­four­mis­con­ductcharges af­ter their match against Brady Mac­cabi was aban­doned af­ter 70 min­utes due to the con­duct of their play­ers.

Brady were lead­ing 5-2 when referee Paul Dobkin halted pro­ceed­ings. Faith- fold’s Dar­ren Bloom had al­ready been sent off for two cau­tion­able of­fences — both dissent re­lated — and the of­fi­cial suf­fered fur­ther ver­bal at­tacks from the Faith­fold camp as Brady’s Ben Hilde­brand lay on the pitch in agony with a dis­lo­cated knee.

Bloom said: “I’m in shock that we’re be­ing pun­ished. It does not seem right that we’re be­ing sin­gled out in a game where one of my play­ers suf­fered a sus­pected hair­line frac­ture of his an­kle fol- low­ing a bad tackle that went un­pun­ished.

“It was a great game un­til one of their play­ers ran the length of the pitch to punch one of my play­ers on the back of the head, but the referee missed it. He lost con­trol and was aw­ful.

“We’ve been left with our best player out for the rest of the sea­son. I want the match re­played as I feel we could have won the game. We will be ap­peal­ing.”

MGBSFL Referee’s Sec­re­tary Andy My­er­son re­ceived a re­port from Paul Dobkin ear­lier this week and iden­ti­fied four mis­con­duct charges that will be dealt with by the Lon­don FA.

My­er­son said: “The game was aban­doned due to the be­hav­iour of the Faith­fold play­ers. Af­ter be­ing sent off, Dar­ren Bloom re­fused to leave the vicin­ity of the field of play and then con­tin­ued to his ver­bal tirade.

“El­liott Bloom has also been re­ported for man­han­dling my of­fi­cial. It’s all des­per­ately dis­ap­point­ing. It’s to­tally un­nec­es­sary and un­ac­cept­able and peo­ple have to take a long and hard look at them­selves as my referee is a hu­man be­ing who de­serves a lit­tle bit bet­ter than that.

“Teams have to de­cide if they want to play foot­ball or else find some­thing bet­ter to do with their Sun­day morn­ings.”

Faith­fold and Brady are sched­uled to meet again, this time in the MGBSFL first divi­sion, on Novem­ber 15.

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