WAFC investigates allegations umpire was punched, shoved by teen footballers after grand final boilover
THE WA Football Commission is investigating allegations that three teenage footballers assaulted an umpire after a grand final boilover in Perth’s south-east.
The reported incident happened at the end of a Year 10 grand final between the Belmont Bombers and South Perth Stingrays at Mills Park in Kenwick on Sunday.
The WAFC is investigating whether a Belmont player punched the umpire to the head and neck while another two players pushed and shoved him after the final siren.
Belmont spectators are also accused of running on to the ground after the match to confront and threaten umpires and officials.
The Stingrays had entered the game as underdogs after finishing fourth on the ladder but won comfortably by 39 points.
The Bombers had lost just once during the season in the lead-up to the grand final.
A witness said all umpires at the game had to run from the ground after the final siren.
“The WAFC has a zero-tolerance approach to any form of umpire abuse and will ensure a full investigation is carried out to determine exactly what has occurred and that the appropriate penalties are applied at the community football tribunal,” a commission spokesman said yesterday.
“Umpires are critical to our game, are highly valued and should be respected at all times.
“The WAFC has offered its support to the umpire involved in this incident.
“The WAFC calls on all clubs and coaches to help ensure their teams are demonstrating the behaviour and standards expected to ensure community football is safe, fun and fair for everyone.”
WA Police said they were not aware of the incident and had not been called to investigate in the aftermath.
The Belmont Junior Football Club declined to comment yesterday and directed questions to the WAFC.