Man arrested after assault on Ashburton football referee

Councillor Donald Distin
Image caption Donald Distin suffered facial injuries in the assault

A man has been arrested after a referee was assaulted during an amateur football match in Devon.

Referee Donald Distin, a local councillor, was officiating between Torre FC and Ashburton FC Reserves when he was attacked.

Devon and Cornwall Police said a 25-year-old man from Paignton had been arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm.

The man was released on bail until 9 June.

Mr Distin, a former mayor, was taken to Torbay Hospital with facial injuries, after the attack on 4 May.

Torre FC has now withdrawn from the South Devon Football League following the abandonment of the match.

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