Game of shame: Match at Ely Rangers abandoned as referee is threatened

THE MacWhirter Welsh League Division Two match between Ely Rangers and Caldicot Town was forced to be abandoned yesterday, with the referee reportedly being threatened by a player.

Caldicot scored twice to come back from a goal down, despite having had two men sent off. Rangers were then reduced to nine players themselves.

It is then understood that the match was abandoned in the 91st minute by the match official, believed to be Lew Edwards, after he was threatened and then chased around the pitch by an unnamed Ely Rangers player.

At time of writing, there is no reference to the incident on the official Welsh League website.

Meanwhile, a brief statement made shortly on Ely Rangers’ Twitter account read: Ely Rangers does not condone one very nasty incident. Those there seen how rest of Ely players reacted and assisted officials.

Sadly, this is not the only outburst of violent behaviour within the league.

Just two weeks ago Llanwern manger Gareth Morgan claimed to have been assaulted on the touchline by an opposing player in a Division Three fixture.

The Welsh League must be strong on such incidents and act accordingly before there are further occurrences of violent behaviour.

The clubs and league are bigger than any individual and they should not tolerate such behaviour.

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