Teen footballer 'headbutted' by fan

A 15-year-old footballer was allegedly head-butted by a 44-year-old spectator while playing in a youth match, police said today.Officers were called to the under-16 game at Braintree, Essex, on Sunday after a complaint that a player had been attacked by a supporter of the rival team, a spokesman said.

By Roddy Ashworth

A 15-year-old footballer was allegedly head-butted by a 44-year-old spectator while playing in a youth match, police said today.

Officers were called to the under-16 game at Braintree, Essex, on Sunday after a complaint that a player had been attacked by a supporter of the rival team, a spokesman said.

The man being investigated comes from Colchester, Essex, and is thought to be the parent of another player.


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Police said he had been arrested on suspicion of assault and released on bail without charge pending further investigation until April 3.

A spokeswoman said the boy allegedly attacked was playing for Braintree side Great Bradfords against Colchester side Stanway Villa at Alec Hunter High School in a Colchester and District Football League under-16s match.

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