Sunday football: Ref alleges assault two weeks in a row

Premier Decorators (back l-r), assistant Jan Walden, James Mckew, Mark Allen, Chris Bartlett, Kevin Taylor, Kevin Brader, Matt Barber. (front l-r), mascot Henry Walden, Joseph Donaghey, Kevin Holt, Kevin Tee, Lewis McManus, Joshua Donaghey. ENGEMN00120110409172010

Premier Decorators (back l-r), assistant Jan Walden, James Mckew, Mark Allen, Chris Bartlett, Kevin Taylor, Kevin Brader, Matt Barber. (front l-r), mascot Henry Walden, Joseph Donaghey, Kevin Holt, Kevin Tee, Lewis McManus, Joshua Donaghey. ENGEMN00120110409172010

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Highly-regarded local referee Robert Cusick has filed a report alleging an assault on him for the second Sunday in a row.

Cusick dismissed Kevin Holt of Peterborough Sunday Morning Premier Division side Premier Decorators after an hour of their PFA Senior Cup quarter-final against Bretton North End last weekend.

Holt then allegedly struck out at the referee causing the match to be abandoned.

The week before Cusick reported Brotherhoods player Gareth Jones for spitting at him, again after a red card.

It’s understood Cusick will continue refereeing. He is scheduled to take charge of a Hunts Sunday Cup semi-final this weekend.

Peterborough Sunday Morning chairman Fred Johnson has been appalled by recent events involving players from his competition.

Johnson issued a statement this week which read: “I was very disappointed and concerned when I heard that a match had been abandoned following an alleged assault on the referee.

“We are continually trying to recruit young referees but it is no surprise that they are not coming forward when they hear of this sort of behaviour.

“If the allegations are proven the relevant County FA will come down hard on the individuals concerned and rightly so.”

Both Jones and Holt are likely to receive life bans if they are found guilty of assaulting an official.

Premier Decorators manager Chris Bartlett was quick to apologise for Holt’s actions, but accepted that his player is now in serious trouble.

Bartlett said: “From what I could see Kevin didn’t throw a punch, but there was physical contact and that is a serious no-no with an official.

“Kevin knows he has done wrong, but there will be no escaping the consequences. He will have the book thrown at him and so will the club.

“I apologise unreservedly to the referee. This is one of my lowest points in football.

“I’ve only ever seen one of our matches abandoned in the previous 20 years and that was the fault of the other team.

“I can’t see myself carrying on as manager next season.”

Bretton North End were leading the tie 2-0 when it was abandoned. They are likely to now be put through to the semi-finals.