Marlborough Football chairman suspended for on-field 'scuffle' after son floored in illegal tackle
The chairman of Marlborough Football has been suspended from playing for four weeks for his part in an on-field fight that saw the game called off with minutes to play.
Peter Mortimer was acting as linesman in a first division clash between Rangers City and Central at A&P Park in Blenheim last Saturday.
A Central player was sent off for a challenge on Mortimer's son in the dying minutes of the game, leading the Marlborough Football chairman to react badly.
Mainland Football chief executive Julian Bowden said Mortimer was involved in an on-field "scuffle" that developed into a "melee" between the two teams.
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A player, who did not want to be named, said the referee called the game off early because of the "pushing and shoving", with Rangers 1-0 up.
Bowden said Mortimer, who plays for Rangers Masters, had been suspended for four weeks. The Central player who received a red card was given a two-week suspension.
Both clubs were fined by Marlborough Football over the incident.
Bowden said it was not the kind of behaviour Mainland Football or Marlborough Football condoned, and both sides realised they had acted inappropriately.
Marlborough Football and Peter Mortimer have been approached for comment.
- The Marlborough Express