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Sheppey Sunday League football match abandoned after teenager Kie Poole suffers broken nose in brawl

A football match had to be abandoned after violence erupted, leaving a teenage player with a broken nose.

The Sheppey Sunday League division three fixture between Minster Misfits and Doddington Village was called off after Misfits' Kie Poole, 17, was allegedly headbutted by an opponent.

The match was being played at the Co-op Sports and Social Club in Sheerness on Sunday morning and the home side were winning 8-0 when the brawl started.

Kie Poole suffered a broken nose
Kie Poole suffered a broken nose

Police are now investigating.

Minster Misfits manager Mitchell Edwards said his player suffered a broken nose.

He continued: "I think it's a disgrace. We do everything by the book, work hard and enjoy it. This ruined our weekend."

Mark Rogers, Sheppey Sunday League secretary, said he was yet to receive a report from the referee.

"I think it's a disgrace. We do everything by the book, work hard and enjoy it. This ruined our weekend" - Mitchell Edwards, Minster Misfits manager

"Abandonments like that are dealt with by the Kent County Football Association [KCFA]," he added.

"They will decide whether they need to charge a club and then take it from there.

"It can take two to three weeks to get the evidence together."

Mr Rogers said it was rare for games to be abandoned, adding: "This is the first abandonment of this type for many years.

"It's one of those awkward things that happen from time to time. We do not want it, we do not like it, but we have to wait and see what the referee comes back with.

"If we do find any club is in breach of what we expect they will be dealt with severely."

What happens to the clubs involved depends on the outcome of the KCFA’s investigation.

The KCFA can impose a ban on a player ranging from two to three matches to five to 10 years. It can also fine players and clubs for failure to keep control of their players or spectators.

Kie Poole, who was hurt in the incident
Kie Poole, who was hurt in the incident

It is possible the match will have to be replayed, although other options include awarding no points to either side or awarding three points to Minster, as they were winning at the time.

A police spokesman said: "We are investigating an assault on a teenage boy at a sports ground in St George’s Avenue, Sheerness, just after midday on Sunday."

Doddington Village, who are bottom of division three after losing all 11 of their fixtures this season, declined to comment.

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