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Fan attacks linesman, match stopped

BY JONATHAN RAMNANANSINGH Tuesday, November 27 2012

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VIOLENCE in sport raised its ugly head once more yesterday as a heated South Zone Intercol final between Presentation College and Shiva Boys Hindu College was abandoned after an unruly spectator ran to the sideline and smashed a beer bottle on the head of one of the linesmen.

With just 10 minutes to go before the final whistle at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella, a supporter unhappy with the official’s decisions throughout the encounter opted to take things into his own hands, as Presentation led 2-1 with goals from Ancil Williams (30th) and Shakiel Henry (46th). The lone goal for Shiva Boys was scored by Nathaniel Garvia in the 33rd minute.

The spectator who had been routing for Shiva Boys, reacted after a decision by the assistant referee that appeared to have been against his team.

Three police officers immediately stormed th pitch and wrestled the spectator to the ground while other officials ran to the assistance of their colleague. Later as police attempted to escort the spectator out of the stadium another crowd of supporters attacked the spectator, beating him about the body.

Police officers themselves had to rush for cover as the irate fan was literally pulled out of their grasp and kicked and cuffed while on the ground. Police officers had to call for backup of three other officers to help stop the crowd from injuring the man.

The man was eventually handcuffed and taken to the Marabella Police Station. The incident shocked many supporters who attended the game to support their team. General Secretary of the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) expressed shocked with the incident but explained that the final 10 minutes of the match will be replayed later this week.

He told the media that the game will be closed to the public and will have a strong police presence.

Meanwhile Shiva Boys fans openly expressed concerns about the standard of the officiating after the fracas. One Shiva Boys fan said “They doing we this whole season. When they (Presentation) come in we home turf in Penal, is the same thing. Why it have to always be against Shiva Boys?”

Another spectator said while he was against the actions of the irate spectator he was disturbed by the officiating in the competition.

President of the SSFL Ewing Davis stated that the game’s final minutes will be played tomorrow behinds closed doors. But members of the public have criticised the SSFL for the decision to have the game as a closed-door one.

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