Sunday 4 December 2016

Football friendly abandoned over 'aggressive direction' of match

Published 28/07/2016 | 17:36

Spennymoor FC said the decision to pull out was made by the management team
Spennymoor FC said the decision to pull out was made by the management team

Football officials have written to two clubs after a friendly match was abandoned at half-time with one side unwilling to continue due to what it called the "aggressive direction" of the game.

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Spennymoor, from the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League, were visiting Newton Aycliffe from the Northern League - the ninth tier of football - on Tuesday evening, and refused to play the second half of the match.

In a statement on their website, Spennymoor FC said the decision to pull out was made by the management team.

It continued: "The team didn't play the second half over concerns about the aggressive direction the match was taking and the management decided it was a risk to the players to continue.

"The club is in full support of this decision as we consider the welfare of our staff and players as a top priority."

The club apologised to fans who travelled to the match.

John Topping, secretary of the Durham County Football Association, said: "I have received a report regarding the game and I have written to both teams and match officials for their version of events."

Newton Aycliffe chairman Alan Oliver told the Northern Echo newspaper: "As a club we don't think we have done anything wrong."

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