A Rhyl footballer has escaped a jail sentence after he threatened a young referee who he believed was to blame for his ban.
Colin Sargerson from Rhydwen Drive admitted invading the pitch and grabbed Corey Wellbeloved by the throat during a local Sunday League match last August. The referee refused to officiate the second half and abandoned the game.
Llandudno magistrates heard Sargerson (29), who played for Sun Inn FC, had been banned for two years following an earlier incident where Mr Wellbeloved had also taken charge. The defendant had accused him of lying in his report to the FAW.
When he was interviewed by police, Sargerson claimed he had only pushed the referee once and was upset that he couldn’t play football. The defence said the pair used to be friends and that the player would have to appeal his ban.
District judge Gwyn Jones told the court that Sargerson’s presence would have made the referee ”extremely frightened and worried” and condemned abusive behaviour as ”wholly and utterly inappropriate”. He added: ”The fact we don’t have referees is having a significant impact on the ability of many local teams to play.”
Sargerson was given a suspended 120-day jail term and told to pay £200 compensation to Mr Wellbeloved but not contact him for three years. He must also pay £200 in court costs.
Source: Daily Post