Local cup final ends in brawl

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A CUP final between two village teams descended into violent scenes described as “disgusting for local football”.

Police were called to a brawl at the end of the Springwood FC 3-2 extra time victory over Emneth Spartans in the Charlie Day Cup final.

North West Norfolk League chairman Ray Venemore, who was at the match in Station Road, Heacham, said the scenes were “absolutely disgusting for local football”.

In an official statement he added: “North West Norfolk Football League are aware of unsavoury incidents after the conclusion of last night’s Charlie Day Cup Final. Our reports and the referees reports have been passed to Norfolk County Football Association who will deal with them under football regulations.

“We will deal accordingly with the culprits under league rules. There will be charges levied and those individuals will be severely dealt with. The most severe penalties will be levied against them from the league.”

Tracey Swann’s 11-year-old son went along to watch the match on Tuesday evening.

She said: “You expect him to be able to go to a local village pitch and watch a match and for it to be safe. It’s such a shame, kids football has got such a lot of support and then they get a bit older and it turns uglier.”

A Norfolk police spokesman said no arrests were made.

Martin Pettit, manager of Emneth team, said: “It was a really good game of football and what happened afterwards was a disgrace. It was started by spectators from both sides and then a couple of players from both teams joined in.

“It is now a matter for the Norfolk FA but I understand the West Norfolk League want us out because of the incident and if that is the case then Springwood should go too.

“We have had a really good season winning the Division Four League and Cup double but this has put a real downer on it. Our discipline has been good this season and although the club will get punished for this incident we do not deserve to be kicked out.

“At the moment we do not know whether to disband the club or not, which would be a shame as a lot of hard work has gone into it. We may have to apply for the Cambs League or the Peterborough League next season.”

A Norfolk FA spokesman said: “We have been made aware of alleged incidents during the game in question and are currently awaiting the match officials’ reports. Once we have received these the appropriate charges, if any, will be raised.”