(ANSA) - QUILIANO, 11 OCT - An 18-year-old referee from the Imperia section ended up in hospital after being punched by some members of the Savona club at the end of the Quiliano-Valleggia - Campese match, valid for the First Championship Category 3-3 finished.
The equal goal in the six-minute injury time allowed unleashed the fury of a member of the home club.
The Carabinieri intervened on the spot.
"A shame for everyone and for the Ligurian football movement which fortunately is not this - said Giulio Ivaldi, president of the Ligurian FIGC Committee -. I address everyone with a heartfelt appeal: we are in the first days of the championship, we made a huge effort to keep the movement united during the pandemic and restart as it is happening. Please stop the violence in the facts and in the words that feed it ".
The episode took place yesterday afternoon at the Picasso stadium in Quiliano. According to what was reconstructed in the 96th minute, after the draw obtained by the guests, the referee, the eighteen-year-old Mehmet Akif Kartal would have been attacked by members of the Savona club.
An episode that the president of the Quilian company, Giorgio Landucci, downsizes. "Nothing serious happened, I'm sure of that - said Landucci -. I saw the referee after the game in the locker room and he didn't seem upset but I honestly don't know what happened. The episode took place in a hidden corner. of the field. The referee denounces having suffered violence, we will try to solve it as best we can. If something unpleasant has happened - added the company Quiliano & Valleggia, he firmly condemns it ". However, the company disputes the arbitration direction. "The referee conceded 6 minutes of recovery without signaling it - explains Landucci - he continued until the visitors' goal was equalized. In our opinion the direction of the match was not the best" (ANSA).