A SUNDAY league football match had to be abandoned after the referee was injured in an on-pitch incident.
Match official Ronnie Chambers suffered a facial injury during the game at Grayfields in Hartlepool between Welfare Athletic and DPM Carpets.
Mr Chambers, from Blackhall, was left with a bloody nose but was not seriously hurt.
The Hartlepool Sunday Morning Football League Division One game was called off following the incident yesterday at 10.46am.
A 25-year-old Hartlepool man was arrested and has been charged with common assault.
He is due to appear at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court next month.