The captain of a Prestatyn football club has been found guilty of attacking a player from another team during a league match.
Prestatyn Sports goalkeeper Sion Williams (33) from Rhyl had denied kicking Llanlyfni defender Sion Huws in the head in a Welsh Alliance fixture. The game was abandoned just before half time after a fight broke out involving players of both teams and fans who invaded the pitch at Cae Brenin Sior V.
Caernarfon magistrates heard Mr Huws, who suffers from epilepsy, lay defenseless on the ground during the attack and spent the night in hospital.
Llanlyfni had been leading the match 2-1. There had been eight bookings by referee Aled Rhys William in the first 40 minutes of the match when the mass brawl broke out after the home keeper caught the ball from a corner.
Mr Huws said he tried to stay clear of the fight near the centre of the pitch, but he ended up being knocked down when the fight moved in his direction. He was able to recall being punched and kicked but did not know who had attacked him.
It was feared at first that Mr Huws had suffered serious injuries, but he had still been forced to give up his job as a factory worker because he still had back pains from what happened.
Another player, Tim Cavanagh, told the court he was on the sidelines of the pitch and saw Williams run to the area and kick Mr Huws after he fell to the ground. When questioned by both prosecution and defence, he said he had a clear and unobstructed view of what was a ‘forceful kick’.
Williams claimed that evidence given by the witnesses had not reflected what happened that afternoon. Although he accepted he was at the scene, he claimed he had been trying to break up the fighting.
The court chairman, David Llewellyn Jones, said it did not accept the defence’s evidence as credible since the referee and other players had also seen Williams attack the player – he concluded evidence given by the prosecution had been ”clear, consistent and corroborative’‘.
Williams was released on bail ahead of sentencing next week.