Red-carded player ‘returned to pitch with a weapon’

Breaking news for Bridlington
Breaking news for Bridlington

An investigation has begun after a football match was abandoned when a player who had been sent off returned to the pitch carrying a weapon.

Saturday’s match between Bridlington-based Bull and Sun and Nafferton All Stars was called off by the referee, shortly after the half-hour mark.

Adam Lowthorpe, chief executive officer at East Riding County FA, said: “We have today been made aware through reports submitted by the referee that the fixture between Bull and Sun and Nafferton All Stars in the Driffield and District League was abandoned after 31 minutes.

“The report alleges that an individual who had previously been sent off returned to the pitch brandishing some sort of weapon.

“The referee, fearing for the safety of the players and spectators, abandoned the game.

“We are currently carrying out further investigations to ensure that the correct charges against this individual can be raised.”

Reports on social media suggested that the Nafferton player who had been shown a red card, came back on to the pitch with a wrench.

Driffield League officials have conformed the match will have to be replayed later in the season.

Saturday’s game was the second attempt at completing the fixture after the original match in October was abandoned when a Bull and Sun player broke his leg.