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Assault halts match

Imphal, Aug. 3: Field invasion and an assault on the centre referee by Athletic Brothers Association supporters led to an abrupt halt in the match between Youth Organisation Sporting Club and ABA, minutes away from the final whistle in the Maharajkumar Ghanendrajit Super Division Football League 2014 at the Khuman Lampak sports complex artificial turf.

Youth Organisation Sporting Association were leading by 1-0 goals at the time of the incident.

Centre referee Ph. Lanthoiba Singh, while trying to control a tussle between two players of the team with a Youth Organisation player on the ground, stopped the match.

However, one of the Athletic Brothers Association players, Azmir Chisty (not involved in the tussle), complained to the referee and he was awarded a yellow card.

This infuriated the ABA supporters who invaded the field and abused the referee.

The referee ran for cover but the supporters continued to thrash him in the absence of security. He received cuts in the face and other parts of his body and was taken to Raj Medicity for treatment.

The organisers informed the police who picked up a supporter for questioning.

The lone goal for Youth Organisation Cultural Association was scored by P. Langchunglung Kabui in the 15th minute from a free kick.

Earlier in the day, XI Star Sporting Union thrashed Citizen Club by 6-0 goals. L. Roshan scored four goals while E. Dayananda fetched two.

The Imphal East District Football Association has suspended all Super Division and yet to begin first division matches until further orders.

The Football Referees Welfare Association has condemned the assault.