Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Farsley AFC report referee after Northwich Victoria tunnel confrontation

Farsley AFC manager Neil Parsley
By James Grayson (Twitter: @jamesAgrayson)
Farsley AFC manager Neil Parsley has confirmed that a complaint has been made about the referee of Saturday’s controversial 3-3 draw at Northwich Victoria following an incident in the tunnel at half-time.
The central point of the complaint stems from a confrontation between an un-named Farsley player and the referee as the teams made their way to their respective dressing rooms.
The score was 2-2 at the time and Parsley confirmed that a number of his players “were voicing their opinions” about two contentious moments in the first half before the actual reported incident took place next to the visitor's dressing room door.
Parsley said: “I left it until Monday morning until I emailed my account of events of Saturday to the league secretary.
“I’ve passed on my thoughts and what I saw and heard and it is up to the league now.
“Mark Jackson and Simeon Bambrook as assistant managers have been asked for statements.
“The league is welcome to statements off the players if they so be it. We’ll see and if they want more evidence then that is not a problem.”
The game spiralled out of control and into chaos during the second half as Farsley finished the match with eight players.
Farsley were leading 3-2 with ten minutes to go when Ryan Serrant was sent off for denying a goal-scoring opportunity.
The foul is said to have taken place two yards outside the penalty area, but with the help of the assistant referee, the referee gave a spot kick.
Defender Matt Dempsey was then dismissed for foul and abusive language and after Northwich’s Dale Wright slammed the penalty home, Simeon Bambrook followed him down the tunnel for the same offence.
Asked on whether he expects any action to be taken, Parsley said: “Again that’s up to the league to decide on what they deem necessary.
“No doubt they’ll have the referee and linesman’s report as well. No doubt the league will speak about it and compare and hopefully the truth will prevail."

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