League to probe Meath walkout

PUBLISHED: 13:29 25 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:39 05 October 2010

There were extraordinary scenes at Hackney Marshes on Sunday as Meath United's game with Clapton Rangers was abandoned when two Meath players walked off the pitch after a controversial red card


There were extraordinary scenes at Hackney Marshes on Sunday as Meath United's game with Clapton Rangers was abandoned when two Meath players walked off the pitch after

a controversial red card.

Now Meath could find themselves in hot water, with East London Sunday Football League officials due to discuss the incident at a committee meeting on Thursday night - after the London Football Association were called in to investigate the behaviour of the players.

Tempers flared following a series of bookings in the first half of the game, which Clapton were leading by 1-0, explained Meath secretary Terry Simmons.

Simmons revealed that his players had become increasingly frustrated by several of the referee's decisions.

The final straw was the sending-off, at which point two of the Meath players removed their shirts and walked off the pitch, prompting the referee to abandon the game.

"I was left with eight players but I also had two subs so we could have carried on," said Simmons. "I back my players completely."

But Clapton Rangers manager Osmand Stanford responded by launching a broadside against Meath. He said: "It's common in football for the referee to make decisions that you don't agree with, but to walk off the pitch is disgraceful in my opinion".

League chairman Brian Hannon said: "With regard to the result of the match, that will be discussed by the league's committee, while the behaviour of the players will be discussed by the London Football Association."

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