Rugby Town await news of punishment after on-pitch brawl sees match abandoned - The Rugby Observer

Rugby Town await news of punishment after on-pitch brawl sees match abandoned

Ian Hughes 27th Oct, 2017 Updated: 30th Oct, 2017   0

RUGBY Town are waiting to see if they will face any punishment following a mass brawl between players which led to a match being abandoned.

Trouble flared just before half-time in Town’s Midland Football League Cup clash with Coventry Copsewood at Butlin Road on Tuesday.

A statement from Rugby Town read: “Match referee Darren Laska called time early after a large fracas between the two sets of players which occurred following a late tackle on Rugby midfielder Ben Ashby.

“Once tempers calmed on the field, the referee began to give out cards including a red card to two players including Rugby’s Chadd Birch plus a booking to Ben Ashby before then deciding to abandon the game in the interests of the safety of the players.

“The outcome of the tie is also unclear at this moment – the club will await to receive full reports from the match referee and the MFL before commenting further.

“The police were called to attend to ensure the sets of players and management left the stadium safely and there were no further reports of incidents after the players left the field of play.”

Rugby were leading 1-0 at the time of abandonment thanks to a second minute header by David Kolodynski, who himself suffered an injury to his leg during the game.

Warwickshire Police attended the ground and later confirmed no arrests had been made.

League chiefs are yet to make a decision about replaying the match.

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