Players praised by referee for confronting knife-wielding teammate


Players praised by referee for confronting knife-wielding teammate

An amateur referee has praised a football team for confronting one of their own players when he returned to the pitch brandishing a knife.

The match between Heroes and Railway Academicals in Southend last Saturday was abandoned as a result of the incident. Essex Police are investigating the incident.

The match was abandoned following Saturday’s incident

Referee Paul Bahbout told talkSPORT: “There was a minor confrontation not even worthy of a yellow card and play was re-started with a drop ball. That is always the end of it. But in this instance it wasn’t the end of it.”

Witnesses have described how a player went to the touchline briefly before returning with a blade in his hands.

Mr Bahbout believes he was not the target, but said both teams took responsibility.

“They got involved and helped to diffuse the situation – the suspect’s team especially. They were the first ones to surround him. If they had moved away as opposed to moving towards him it would have been left to me to try to reason with him.”