Police called during Shirebrook football match after player is ‘kicked in the face’

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Police are investigating a weekend football match after a player was allegedly kicked in the face which led to the game being abandoned.

Shirebrook Rangers reserves had been winning 2-1 at home to Derby-based Punjab United on the Coronation Drive pitch on Saturday afternoon.

It was reported that about 10 minutes before the final whistle, a ‘fracas’ broke out between opposing players.

There had been pushing and shoving between both sets of players, and it is understood that a 19-year-old Shirebrook player, who had come as a substitute, was then punched to the ground and kicked in the face.

The police were called, along with an ambulance to take the young player to King’s Mill Hospital to be treated for a damaged eye socket.

Andy Smith, the manager of Shirebrook Rangers reserve side, said: “There were a few niggles in the game and they had already had a player sent off.

“There were some pushing and shoving, which happens in all games but I was shocked when I found out had happened.

“ I saw the melee but I was already treating another player who was injured at the time so I didn’t see exactly what happened, but his eye was really swollen.”

He said that the two teams, who play in the Midlands Alliance League’s second division, had played each two weeks before in which Shirebrook had run out 3-2 winners, without any trouble.

Cath Morton, welfare officer for Derbyshire County Football Association said: “Derbyshire FA are aware of this incident and it is currently being investigated by the discipline department in line with the investigation carried out by the police.

“No further comment can be made at this current time.”

Meanwhile, a second game was abandoned on Sunday between MA Sunnyvale and Shirebrook Wanderers on Sunday, but not because of violence as suggested on social media sites.

It was reported the game was called off after a number of players walked off. A spokesman for Derbyshire Police said: “We are in the process of contacting the referee and other team members to find out exactly what went on.”

The police said no arrests had been made but were asking witnesses to come forward with any further information.

Contact police on 101 quoting reference number 6601/1