Local football match abandoned after police called when it descends into a brawl

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A Sunday league football match was abandoned after it descended into a brawl.

Police were called to Clenchwarton at around 10.30am yesterday after reports of a disturbance during the King’s Lynn Sunday League Division 2 match between Clenchwarton Victory and Tilney Green Lions.

A Norfolk Police spokesman said: “We were called to a disturbance on a football pitch and upon our arrival no one wished to make any allegations.

“Inquiries are still ongoing and we have the names of those present so if anyone does make a formal complaint we will be able to take it from there.” Details of the brawl are scarce but Clenchwarton Victory’s club twitter feed confirmed the abandonment saying: “Clenchwarton v Tilney abandoned in the first half after a brawl broke out. Ref handled the situation excellently.”

No-one from the club wished to comment on the incident.


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Tilney Green Lions assistant manager Tom Boxall did not attend the game but had spoken to a number of his players about the match.

“It is disappointing. It is a Sunday League game, why should you have to have the police there? Kids go to watch the football.”

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League secretary David Thorn said that the league will investigate the incident and that it will be discussed at the league’s monthly meeting on Thursday.

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