Ipswich: Pledge from team bosses as football brawl probed

IPSWICH: Representatives for a Sunday morning football team have today said that they do not condone violence after players were involved in a brawl.

Police are still investigating reports of a fight on the pitch between a number of players causing the match to be abandoned.

Yesterday, the Evening Star revealed that the violence took place during a game between the Brewers Arms and Finningham Flyers, who play in Division MB4 of the Flare Recruitment Sunday morning League.

The altercation took place between 11am and noon on Sunday during the game at Whitton Sports and Leisure Centre in Whitton Church Lane.

A spokesman for the Brewers Arms apologised for the incident and said that the club did not condone actions of a small minority. In a statement, he said: “I would like to apologise to the individual involved.

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“I can also confirm that we at Brewers Arms do not condone violence of any sort and the matter will be dealt with internally with the minority of individuals involved.

“I would also like to take this moment to say that these individuals involved do not in any way represent Brewers Arms Football Club and we don’t want this episode to cast a shadow on what has been an incredible season so far for a good bunch of lads.”

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A witness praised the match referee for his handling of the game and ensuring that trouble was at a minimum for the majority of the game.

He said that while the game was full of gestures and unsavoury comments, it was on the whole “played in a good manner”.

A Suffolk police spokesman said that investigations into the incident, which left a 27-year-old man with lacerations to his face and bumps to his head, were still ongoing.

n Did you witness the incident? How do you think incidents like this should be dealt with?

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