A Scarborough Saturday League footballer has been hit with a North Riding charge for allegedly assaulting a match official, which could see him sidelined for 10 years.
Seamer Sports Reserves’ Liam Lowery allegedly struck ref Kevin Crick in the 73rd minute of their Scarborough & District FA Junior Cup clash at Heslerton, and the player has now been issued with a charge of assaulting a match official by the North Riding FA.
If found guilty he could be banned from all football for between five and 10 years.
Crick abandoned the cup-tie in the 73rd minute with Beckett League division one side Heslerton leading 4-2 at the time against the runaway Scarborough League division three leaders.
The player is suspended from all football pending the outcome of the charge.
North Riding FA official Ross Joyce said: “The charge has gone out and the player has 14 days to respond.
“We have made ourselves available to the referee and offered him support, and he seemed to be in good spirits when I spoke to him.”