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Racial slur halts Hartlepool cup final

Players leave the field after referee Mark Walsh abandoned the Steven Tierney Memorial Cup final between Supporters Athletic and Lion Hillcarter after one of his linesmen was allegedly racially abused

Players leave the field after referee Mark Walsh abandoned the Steven Tierney Memorial Cup final between Supporters Athletic and Lion Hillcarter after one of his linesmen was allegedly racially abused

A CUP final was abandoned after one of the officials was racially abused by a supporter during the game.

The Steve Tierney Cup Final match between Hartlepool sides Lion Hillcarter and Supporters was called off during extra-time after one of the linesman was abused from the touchline.

John Cooper, secretary of the Hartlepool Sunday Football League, heard the insult and said he was “disgusted” with the racial abuse and said the league does not tolerate that sort of behaviour.

The linesman that was targeted asked for the supporter to be removed from the touchline, which he was, and he wasn’t seen again according to league officials.

The incident had happened during the second half of the cup final yesterday, and the officials carried on.

But the game was eventually abandoned at half time of extra-time, with the scores level at 1-1, as the linesman was too upset to continue.

Referee Mark Walsh was in charge of the cup final, which was being held at Grayfields Recreation Ground.

Mr Cooper said: “Personally, I am disgusted with the remark that was made to the linesman.

“That is not something that the Hartlepool Sunday Football League condones or tolerates.

“We now leave it to the appropriate authorities to deal with.

“The game went to extra time and the first half of extra time had been played, but then the linesman broke down and couldn’t continue.”

Officials have reported the incident to the Durham FA and it is understood the police have been informed, but no arrests have been made at the time of going to print.

The Steve Tierney Cup Final tie is to be replayed on Tuesday, May 21.

 

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