Sunday, September 27, 2015

Robert Vincent Peace - Sydney soccer match fight leaves player with fractured jaw

Robert Vincent peace - The aunt of a teenage soccer player left with a fractured jaw after an on-field fight has blasted the attackers, saying she hopes those responsible are banned for life.

Under-17 teams from Arncliffe Aurora and Pendle Hill football clubs faced off at South Granville in Sydney's west on Sunday, with Pendle Hill winning the game 4-2.

Sydney soccer match fight

A fight broke out between several of the players at the end of the match, police said.Tim Alderton, 17, believed to be a Pendle Hill defender, suffered a fractured jaw and was taken to hospital.His aunt, Cathy Nuttall, said Tim was hit five times in the face and was in hospital "despite never throwing a punch himself". All so unnecessary, just because a bunch of teenage thugs have not learnt how to lose a football match and were itching for a fight, she wrote on Facebook.I hope the idiots involved are banned from the sport for life.

Ms Nuttall said Tim, who was due to write his HSC exams in a week, was a fantastic soccer player and good sport. A witness who was at the Ray Marshall Reserve when the confrontation unfolded claimed an Arncliffe player, who was sent off earlier in the game, ran back on to the field as the players were shaking hands.The boys were going to shake hands and he came back on and king hit one of the players and broke his jaw," the man, who asked not to be named, told Fairfax Media.

He was threatening a referee and was sent off earlier.The man said he had been involved with the sport for a quarter of a century and had never seen violence like it. I thought it was just disgusting," he said. "We are about playing football and I've never seen any violence like it.

Football NSW confirmed two Arncliffe players were red-carded in the second half of the game - one for receiving a second yellow card and another for "dissent towards the referee".

There are literally thousands of matches played across the state through the football season and I can guarantee this matter is an isolated case and actions like these are not a part of game we are continuing to build," Football NSW chief executive Eddie Moore said.

I have been able to speak with the father of the player involved and offered our support to the family.Football NSW will decide what, if any, charges will be laid, with sanctions ranging from fines to suspension.NSW Police are also conducting an investigation.

Rosehill police acting Superintendent Neil Hallinan said the incident was a classic case of "unsportsman-like behaviour".Acts of thuggery like this can't be tolerated on the soccer field or anywhere else," he told reporters. In a statement posted on Facebook, the Arncliffe Aurora Football Club said it was conducting an internal investigation and working with Granville police.

We are gathering factual information whilst piecing together a chronological report of the events that took place," the club said."AAFC does not condone violence in sport and will be dealing with the culprits in an applicable manner." The injured teen was expected to undergo surgery at Westmead Hospital on Monday.The injury will rule him out for the season two weeks ahead of the semi-final for the NSW Champion of Champions competition.

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