Players turn on ref after penalty

A LOCAL soccer game turned ugly minutes before the final whistle blew when players turned their anger on a referee after a penalty was awarded on Friday night.

A Rockhampton Football official confirmed a group of Parkana players pushed a referee after he granted a penalty kick to Capricorn Coast at the third division grand final at Apex Park, Yeppoon.

Referee David Grice abandoned the match between Capricorn Coast and Parkana Lighting.

It was 2-2 before the dispute broke out after Grice gave the penalty.

It's believed players then gathered around the match official in an intimidating manner.

An on-the-spot decision was made that the result stand. A Rockhampton Football official yesterday said it's believed an appeal will be submitted to the Central Queensland Zone in relation to the incident within the next couple of days.

“The clubs have the right to submit an appeal after a situation like this,” the spokeswoman said.

She was yesterday reluctant to give any further comment to The Morning Bulletin until an outcome is reached.

It's understood there have been other incidents involving Parkana members in the past.

Capricorn Coast club president Stuart Thurston wouldn't comment on the matter when The Bully contacted him yesterday afternoon.

Parkana president Shane Kidd said although he didn't witness the incident, all referees had the same rules and it was their call.

“At the end of the day you can't touch a ref,” Mr Kidd said. “There have been incidents in the past, but the club has dealt with them,” he said.



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