Last weekend, we saw a match abandoned with seven minutes remaining due to an injury sustained by the referee. This sparked a debate between the two clubs as to why the game wasn’t completed.
In case you’re unaware, the match in question was Colwyn Bay v Altrincham in the FA Trophy Third Qualifying Round. With the away side leading 2-0 after 83 minutes, referee Mark Ackerman pulled up with a calf strain and was unable to continue. As there was no fourth official present, the hunt began for a suitable alternative to step in and officiate so the game could be completed.
An announcement was put out over the stadium tannoy appealing for a qualified official to volunteer. A fan did come forward to volunteer. The individual was a Grade 5 referee, meaning he could run the line and the game could be seen to its conclusion. However, Colwyn Bay…
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