Ref halts cup clash after players brawl

Both sets of players clashed during the Burnley Sunday League cup tie

Both sets of players clashed during the Burnley Sunday League cup tie

First published in Sport Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

THE chairman of the Burnley Sunday League admitted he was very disappointed after a cup match was abandoned following a mass brawl.

The Towneley Cup clash between AFC Weir and Jolly FC at Fearns High School was halted after players from both teams started fighting.

The referee stopped the match midway through the second half with Jolly FC of Division One leading Division Two side AFC Weir 5-1 in the first round clash.

John Pilling, chairman of the league, said the incident has been reported to the Lancashire Football Association whose disciplinary committee will look in to the matter.

“Thankfully incidents like this are few and far between but when it does happen, it is very disappointing,” said Pilling.

“I would say that in the past 10 years, we probably have had one other incident of this nature so this is something of a shock.

He added: “The matter is now in the hands of the Lancashire Football Association who will study the referee’s report before making a decision. We can only act on what decision the LFA makes.”

An LFA spokesman said they are still yet to receive a report from the match official.

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He said: “Once we receive the referee’s report, our disciplinary committee will decide what action is to be taken.”

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