Suffolk

Referee banned over under-11s football match 'fracas'

A referee has been banned from football for a minimum of three years after getting involved in a scuffle during an under-11s match.

Glyn Dixon, 34, was overseeing the match between his son's side, Woodbridge Town Youth, and Witnesham Wasps in Melton, Suffolk.

Suffolk FA said a "fracas broke out" after a spectator allegedly accused Dixon of cheating.

He was also fined £150 after admitting the offence at a hearing on Monday.

Dixon, who plays for Wickham Market FC, admitted a charge of improper conduct including violent conduct and threatening and/or abusive language or behaviour, Suffolk FA said.

The Division One match in the South Suffolk Youth League was abandoned following the fracas on 12 October.

Laura Smith, Suffolk FA chief executive, said: "What makes this incident worse is that this was a children's game, where adults should be setting the right example.

"The sanctions highlight that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated."

Witnesham Wasps were fined £100 after admitting they failed to ensure that people representing the club conducted themselves in an "orderly fashion".

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