An alleged attack on a junior soccer game in Edwardsstown, a southern suburb of Adelaide, is under investigation.
- The players on the field were involved in a fight
- A man and the umpire were attacked after their parents were involved
- The game was played as part of the Sami D Round against Violence
Police were called to the Edwardstown Memorial Oval on Sunday evening at 3:30 p.m.
SA Police (Sapol) said there was a scuffle between the players on the field, which involved their parents.
A man was knocked to the ground, while a teenage umpire trying to intervene was also beaten.
He was treated for minor facial injuries.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the police.
ABC has received a video of the umpire blowing air into the field.
A male SANFL officer then arrives filming a man, to stop him.
A woman then appears, telling the man to stop the movie before the video closes.
SANFL officials are not believed to have been involved in any of the attacks.
SANFL is also doing research
In a statement, SANFL said the game was stopped by a field umpire through the final quarter.
“The spectators and the junior boundary umpire, who was reported to SAPOL shortly after, are also being investigated by SANFL,” it said.
“SANFL Juniors has a strict code of conduct for players and spectators that is fully supported and enforced by the clubs.
Both clubs released a statement on Monday claiming that none of their players, officials or parents were involved in the incident.
“We say that none of Edwardstown’s parents, supporters, officials or players were involved in the incident,” the Edwardstown Football Club Board of Directors posted at 2:30 p.m.
Just before 00:00 pm, Eagle Farm Football Club executives posted that “no Eagle Farm players, officials or parents were involved in this incident.”
Both statements SA recommend to the police and SANFL to investigate.
Premier Steven Marshall described the incident at the junior game as “tragic” and “absolutely unacceptable”.
The weekend games were part of the Sammy D Round, with the theme “Not Violence and Not Marriage”.
The Sammy D Foundation was founded in honor of junior footballer Sam Davis, Joe died in a 2008 punch attack on a house party.
Edwardstown won the game from 10.10 (0) to 0.0 (0).