Match abandoned after player strikes ref

BY foxsports • October 15, 2011

Redditch United striker Josh McKenzie was told he will never play for the club again after he was arrested after allegedly punching a referee Saturday, forcing the abandonment of a match with Chesham United in English soccer's lower leagues.

Police were called to The Meadow ground in Chesham, about 35 miles (56km) northwest of London, after McKenzie took exception to a penalty decision against him, local newspaper the Bucks Free Press reported.

The incident occurred in the 52nd minute and caused the Southern League game to be called off.

"A player who was already on a yellow card gave away a penalty and got a red card," Chesham chairman Alan Calder said.

"He went over, struck the referee who went down. He got up straight away and blew the full-time whistle, which caused pandemonium."

McKenzie also allegedly damaged the dressing room and was seen leaving the ground in a police van.

Redditch said McKenzie's contract had been terminated and he would never return to the club as a player.

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