Crazed footie fan headbutts goalie

Man arrested after attack on 16-year-old goalkeeper at youth soccer match

A man has been arrested after invading the pitch at a youth football match and head-butting a player.

Parents and players were left shocked after the 41-year-old man jumped over a barrier and attacked the 16-year-old goalkeeper.

The incident at the under 17 match between Stony Stratford Town and Willen Juniors FC on Sunday is the latest in a string of unsavoury incidents to hit the Milton Keynes and Border Counties Youth Football League.

Thames Valley Police confirmed a man from Aldridge Drive, Willen, has been arrested on suspicion of assault.

The division one clash was described by a witness as 'feisty' and the Citizen understands several players were sent off during the game.

A witness at the game said the incident left everyone at Ostlers Lane completely stunned.

He said: "It was a lively game but the incident was not in keeping with what had happened.

"The man turned up during the game ran onto the pitch and head butted the Stony Stratford goalkeeper."

The teenager was taken to hospital for minor injuries but is thought to be otherwise OK.

Stony Town chairman Chris Wise condemned what happened.

He said: "There is no place for this sort of behaviour at any level of football."

Willen Juniors U17 manager Sue Ryan refused to comment on the issue saying the matter was in the hands of police.

Brian Moore, chief executive of the Berks and Bucks FA confirmed a full investigation is to take place.

A statement said: "On Monday March 22 Berks & Bucks FA received information on an assault that took place during the above match.

"On receiving this information we have requested full statements from both clubs and the match referee. On receiving all the requested comments, charges will then be levied, although at this time we are unable to verify what those charges will contain against any individual or clubs.

"We have no further comment to make at this time. Once all charges have been raised, we will then be issuing a further statement."

The Citizen has helped the Border Counties with its campaign to kick out this sort of anti social behaviour from the touchline of youth football.

It came after stories of referees being attacked and locked in changing rooms.

Earlier this month Fenny Stratford under 16s were given a two week ban after what the county FA described as 'wholly unacceptable behaviour'.