Norwich United spectator assaults referee - who is also a police officer

Action from when Norwich United, yellow, took on Godmanchester earlier this year. Picture: DENISE B

Action from when Norwich United, yellow, took on Godmanchester earlier this year. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Police had to be called to a Norwich United game after a spectator assaulted a referee - who happened to be an off-duty officer.

Daniel Hanna was attacked following Godmanchester Rovers' 3-0 victory over Norwich at the David Wilson Homes Ground, in Bearscroft, on Saturday.

The incident followed the dismissal of a player, who was sent off in the closing stages of the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division game.

Godmanchester chairman Karly Hurst said: 'The referee was returning to his changing room after the game when he was approached by a Norwich United supporter who then assaulted him.

'We initially tried to usher the person responsible out of the ground, but it turned out the referee was a policeman himself and he did not want the person to get away with what he had done.

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'A couple of our club officials helped to detain the person in the car park until the police arrived.

'It was unsavoury and uncalled for. Whatever you think of referees, they go out and do a very difficult job.

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'It's a shame that something like that happened on such a good day for our club, but the referee has already sent us our thanks for assisting him afterwards.'

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire police said: 'We were called to Godmanchester Rovers Football Club in Bearscroft Lane, to reports that a man in his 20s had been assaulted. Investigations are ongoing.'

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