Teen rugby referee allegedly attacked by player from Leeds club

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A TEENAGE referee suffered facial injuries when he was allegedly attacked by a player at an Under 18s amateur rugby league cup match in Castleford yesterday.

Police are investigating an allegation that the 18-year-old referee was assaulted by a East Leeds ARLFC player in the final minutes of the British Amateur Rugby League Association (BARLA) Under 18s quarter final cup tie at Lock Lane RLFC.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police, said: “Police are investigating a report of an assault at an amateur rugby match in Castleford on Sunday.

“Wakefield District Police were called to Lock Lane in Castleford at about 2.10pm following a report an 18-year-old male, who was acting as a referee, was assaulted by one of the players at the end of a game.

“The victim suffered facial injuries and is receiving hospital treatment.”

Insp Dave Bugg of Castleford Neighbouhood Policing Team, said: “Active enquiries are ongoing regarding this assault and we are appealing for witnesses. Anyone who has information is asked to contact the Castleford NPT on 101.”

A spokesman for Lock Lane Rugby League Football Club, said: “There has been an allegation made of an assault on a match official by a player. The matter was reported to police and BARLA and an investigation is ongoing.”

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