Just in case you can't get on, here are a few choice excerpts. A supporter, two St Andrews players and a Gedling commitee member.
The worst thing I've ever seen at a football match (and I've been to 1000's)
Fracas near end of game. Ref confers with linesman and calls one player over from each team and books them. Then calls over St Andrews No 12 and sends him off. No 12 puts his face up close to ref and says something, then turns away before swinging round and punching the ref with GREAT FORCE in the face. No 12 then jumps over fence and runs to dressing room. On arrival at door to dressing room decides he wants some more and turns round to head back onto pitch. One of St Andrews people stops him and pushes him into dressing room. Ref has been knocked out cold and is just lying on pitch. He is covered in blankets and given attention but it is a LONG time before he moves.
Divided opinion amongst spectators and players, management etc. I heard one SICKENING comment that the ref had been asking for it! Several St Andrews players were saying how disgraceful it was and one said that he would not play with No 12 again.
I myself play for St Andrews and Myself and others did not expect the incident to occur and therefore cannot see how we were supposed to have stopped the event. He also has no previous history of attacking referees so im not sure how the management could be seen as responsible for this either. The player has been with the club since youth level and was never signed on by the management in place anyway.
I myself thought the attack was shocking along with members of the management who have already said, 'He will never play for this club again'. I dont think this really matters as he will be banned from football for life for such an attack. I sincerly hope the referee is ok and makes a full recovery and there is no excuse what so ever for acting in this manner. Numerous referees have poor games and make mistakes, of which none should be subject to such treatment.
I just hope the league look at it carefully and see that it was the actions of one player, and do not punish all the other players who had fought for the victory which was only minutes away along with the management.
Big thanks to the Gedling players and supporters though who both played and supported a great game of football only for it to be ruined by 10 seconds of complete madness.
I myself aswell play for andrews and played on saturday. We all hope the ref is making a full recoverey, and we cannot defend the player from this incident. He has had no previous assaults on referees as said before, and he has been with the club for around 4 years when he was 17.
This was dreadful and could not been antcipated. I believe we should not be punished for one persons actions, however i also think that we may get punished, points deducted etc.
Again to echo a big thanks to gedling players, staff and supporters, for their help with the ref and in general for the whole situation. It was a great game.
I am part of GMW's commitee & was witness to the unbelievable incident on Saturday, I wish the Referee a speedy recovery.
My personal thoughts are that the player should have every charge & punishment possible thrown at him from both the FA & the criminal system.
St. Andrew's as a club could never of seen that coming so I hope they do not get punished as a club. The worst case senario should be a forfeit of the game but I would like to see the game replayed as before the incident it was a entertaining game for all involved.
We will as always be welcoming St. Andrew's to our ground this Saturday & returning the hospitality shown to us.
Again best wishes to the Referee & hope he can recover to come back to football, the game which we all love.
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