Life bans, charge laid over junior umpire assault

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TWO people have been told never to attend a junior football game again as the fallout continues from a weekend clash where a 13-year-old umpire was allegedly assaulted.

The life bans for the Maddington Junior Football Club supporters was announced hours after police confirmed they had charged a 46-year-old Camillo woman with aggravated assault.

She will be summoned to appear at the Armadale Magistrates Court at a later date.

Both clubs involved in the under-11 game, Maddington and Thornlie, were put on $500 good behaviour bond for the remainder of the season to ensure their team spectators behave appropriately.

Maddington’s team manager also received a 12-month suspension from the WA Football Commission for breaching their match operations responsibilities.

The suspension means they will not be able to hold any volunteer roles with Maddington or any other junior club.

WAFC chief executive Gavin Taylor said the penalties sent a strong message that umpire abuse was completely unacceptable and would not be tolerated.

Mr Taylor said incidents such as this were rare among the 1230 games of community football played in WA each weekend.

“The majority of clubs provide great support for umpires and an excellent game-day environment for all participants,” he said.

“To the 2000 umpires who make these games possible every weekend, I say a sincere thank you on behalf of the WA Football community for the key contribution you make to our great game.

“I look forward to acknowledging umpires further during the ‘Thank and Respect the Umpire Round’ this weekend and encourage all clubs across the State to support this important initiative in a united show of support for WA umpires.”

Canning Vale Police are continuing to investigate the altercation that occurred at Tom Bateman Reserve, with more charges of disorderly conduct possible in respect to the behaviour of other people involved.

Witnesses who have not been spoken to by police, or may have footage of the incident, are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via www.crimestopperswa.com.au.

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