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Footballer jailed for referee attack

The attack happened after a six-a-side football match Credit: Google

A footballer has been jailed for a year after attacking a referee at a six-a-side football match. James Barnett, 25, was playing in a match on an astro-turf pitch in Bracknell when he got into an argument with the referee over the colour of his top. Barnett was then shown the red card.

After the match he pushed the referee and headbutted him, before kicking him repeatedly in the body and head whilst he was on the floor. Barnett was pulled away by other players, including his team-mates, before he was later arrested. The referee needed surgery to remove some of his teeth.

Barnett, of Kings Road, West Drayton, admitted a charge of ABH.

PC Ashley Todd, of Bracknell CID, said: “Barnett was angry about being shown a red card and took out his frustration by carrying out an unprovoked and reckless assault on the victim, which could have easily been more serious."

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