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Incident happened during Evergreen FC Reserves match
AN enraged father allegedly head-butted the manager of his son’s football team and beat him with the corner flag after learning his son had been dropped from the team.
The incident happened during a match involving Evergreen FC Reserves at their South Way home on Saturday afternoon (September 15).
It is understood to have begun just before 4pm after the disappointed lad telephoned his father to say he had not been selected for the reserves.
The offender, a 40-year-old man from Abbots Langley, reportedly confronted reserve team manager Dean Kingshott before allegedly head-butting him.
As Mr Kingshott was left reeling, it is reported the offender seized a corner flag and began to hit Mr Kingshott on the back.
As the brawl spread on to the pitch, players and supporters rushed to intervene but not before the victim was left with a bruised and swollen face.
The father then left the scene before police arrived but officers caught up with him on Tuesday (September 18) and arrested him. He was given a police caution for assault and causing actual bodily harm.
Paul Dunham, treasurer at Evergreen FC, said the club was investigating the incident internally and the matter has also been referred to the Hertfordshire Football Association.
He said: "It is extremely disappointing that somebody essentially not involved with the club has done this.
"We have a disciplinary committee and we need to find out both sides of what went on before taking action."