School match abandoned as linesman gets in fight with pitch invader

Daniel Teo
Fit to Post Sports

Reposted from Yahoo! UK Eurosport

A school football match in Trinidad was abandoned amid shocking scenes as a linesman was involved in a fight with a pitch invader.

Presentation College San Fernando were taking on Shiva Boys Hindu College in the final of the secondary schools South Zone InterCol final when, with six minutes left on the clock and San Fernando leading 2-1, Shiva Boys were denied a penalty.

It was all too much for one Shiva Boys fan: he stormed out of the stands and on to the pitch and attacked linesman Kevin Charles.

But rather than run away from the confrontation, the enraged match official decided to go toe-to-tie with his assailant, using his flag to hit him and getting in a few punches.

Police quickly descended to pull him away and arrest the pitch invader, but Charles wasn't done yet: clearly still furious, he rushed back and tried to kick his attacker even as he lay on the floor with police trying to handcuff him.

The law enforcement officers had to intercede one more time, and Charles was led from the pitch pulling off his official shirt like a footballer who has been sent off for a vicious foul.

With one of the officials having been involved in the shocking scenes there was little option but to call off the match.

The attack at the at Manny Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella became headline news in Trinidad, with local authorities queuing up to condemn the attack amid suggestions that the linesman may even have been stabbed.