Referee calls off U13 schoolboys soccer game in the closing stages after abuse

Referee calls off U13 schoolboys soccer game in the closing stages after abuse
A referee holding yellow card. Picture: iStock

LEESIDE’S Cork Schoolboys League U13 Premier Division clash with Mayfield United at Leeside Park on Saturday afternoon was abandoned with just minutes remaining as the referee was subject to verbal abuse from some parents in attendance.

With the score level at 1-1, the referee awarded Leeside a penalty in the closing stages of the match which if converted would have surely earned them a crucial three points.

Leeside still have an outside chance of winning the Roy Keane U13 Premier League title, while Mayfield United currently sit two points above the relegation places, although they have played fewer games than their nearest rivals.

But after referee Anthony Sunderland pointed to the penalty spot he was subjected to verbal abuse and felt he had no alternative but to call the game off.

A hearing is likely to take place on Tuesday week and the outcome of the match will depend on the official report from Sunderland which is to be submitted to the Cork Schoolboys League.

Asked by the Evening Echo for an official statement, Sunderland and Eddie Doyle — the secretary of the Cork Schoolboys League — refused to comment as they await the hearing.

An official scoreline from the match has not been submitted.

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