Published on October 30th, 2014 | by admin0
Castle Bromwich United Charged with Misconduct
Report from Birmingham Mail
FOOTBALL club Castle Bromwich United has been charged with misconduct after violence forced their match with Birmingham Medics to be abandoned. Punches were reportedly thrown by Castle Bromwich United players as trouble flared during their unsavoury clash with Birmingham Medics.
United had three players red carded, two for allegedly punching a Medics player during a melee after the game had been called off. The match at Sedgemere Sports and Social Club in Yardley, on October 18, was abandoned with five minutes to go when United’s manager took his players off the pitch. It is thought he was left infuriated after a tackle by a Medics player.
Mike Fellows, Birmingham County FA’s disciplinary chief, said Castle Bromwich United faced a charge of “failing to control its players and officials resulting in a game being abandoned”. He also said three United players faced individual charges. One is for threatening the referee, which can carry a 12-match ban if proven, and two for violent conduct, which carries an automatic three-game ban.
Mr Fellows said: “There were two incidents that occurred.“In both, it would appear that Castle Bromwich United players and subs entered the field of play without permission and had a go at one of the Medics players. It appears that punches were thrown. The first incident was sorted out with the referee stepping back to take notes. Once the manager took his players off the field there was another approach by CBU players against a certain opponent.What the Medics did was try to get their player away from it all. Looking at the referee’s report it would appear that he exonerates Birmingham Medics.”
No-one from Castle Bromwich United was available for comment.
Mr Fellows said the club could be hit with a hefty fine by the BCFA’s disciplinary committee should the misconduct charge be proven.
A decision on whether the game should be replayed rested with the Birmingham AFA, Mr Fellows said.
Six bookings and three red cards were shown during the X-rated Birmingham AFA Division three clash – a repeat of last season’s AFA Jeffs Cup final.
Birmingham Medics, the University of Birmingham’s Medical School football team, were leading 7-4 when the game ended.
The club claimed on Twitter: “Game called off early after their whole team started throwing punches at one of our players.
“All our team away safely, but not somewhere we’d recommend going any time soon!
“Gentleman with a young child watching the game called the police. Appalling behaviour!”
A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “Police were called to Sedgemere Sports and Social Club on October 18 following reports of disorder during a football match.
“When police arrived minutes later, there were no issues or signs of disorder and no-one reported any offences to the officers.”