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Teenage football referee abused by angry parents

A teenage referee has described the terrifying moment parents abused her during an under 10s tournament in Blackpool.

15 year old Emma Hickson was left in tears when both sets of parents invaded the pitch after a late tackle went unpunished.

The Football Association is now investigating after trouble flared during the game between Platt Lane City, based at Manchester City's youth complex in Moss Side and Liverpool's Litherland Tigers.

Mel Barham reports.


Sir Alex Ferguson escapes punishment over referee spat

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will not face punishment for confronting referee Mike Dean at Old Trafford yesterday, the Football Association has confirmed.

The Scot was furious after Dean overruled assistant Jake Collin and awarded Newcastle's second goal in the Red Devils' 4-3 win.

The FA today confirmed no action would be taken against the Manchester United boss as Dean made no reference to Ferguson confronting him in his report.

Ferguson approached Dean as he made his way out for the second half, before rounding on the fourth official Neil Swarbrick and Collin.


Millwall call in police to investigate Marvin Sordell's racism allegations

"The two clubs remain determined to do everything in their power to ensure that racist behaviour will not be tolerated.

"We will be speaking to the police and the match officials on this matter but no further comment will be made until this process has been completed and the investigations have been concluded."

– Millwall Football Club

No disciplinary action from FA over Balotelli tackle

Manchester City's Mario Balotelli will not face disciplinary action over a studs-up challenge on Arsenal's Alex Song, the Football Association have confirmed.

The governing body say they cannot take retrospective action because the incident was seen by at least one of the four match officials.

The decision still leaves Balotelli facing a three-match suspension for his sending off for two unrelated bookings in the same game.

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