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Suffolk Sunday league football referee spitting probe

An investigation has begun into claims a referee was spat at during an amateur Sunday league football match in Suffolk.

The match between Chantry Old Boys and Playford, at Chantry Park, in Ipswich, was abandoned in the 87th minute following the incident on Sunday.

A Chantry Old Boys player has been suspended while a Suffolk FA investigation takes place.

No complaint has been made to Suffolk police.

Support for referee

Phil Knight, Suffolk FA chief executive, said: "Suffolk FA has received reports alleging that on 1 April a player deliberately spat at a match official causing the abandonment of a DMR Ipswich Sunday Football League match.

"The incident is currently under investigation and the player will remain under suspension from all football until such a time that these investigations are concluded.

"Suffolk FA is providing the match official with support at this difficult time."

Playford were winning 3-2 when the match was abandoned.

A Playford FC spokesman said: "This incident had nothing to do with any of our players and we support the Suffolk FA investigation into the matter."

No one from Chantry Old Boys was available for comment.

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