A fan has been charged by police after he allegedly ran onto the field and hit the referee following his team's 30-28 loss in the Gold Coast League final.
The Tugun Seahawks lost the reserve grade final in extra time to the Currumbin Eagles in a nail-biting match.
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But chaos erupted when a spectator ran onto the field and allegedly hit the referee, according to The Courier Mail.
A video of the incident, recorded from Channel Nine reporter Dominque London, shows a man in a Seahawks jersey being restrained and pinned to the ground by police.
Officials and trainers checked on the referee to make sure he was fine after the alleged incident.
GF footy 😬
Ref just got king hit. pic.twitter.com/DcymaktHeB
— Dominique Loudon (@dloudon9) October 16, 2021
Police charge fan at grand final
“Unfortunately, he was able to reach the match official and allegedly land a glancing blow before he was restrained by officers and escorted from the field,” Gold Coast police acting chief superintendent Rhys Wildman said.
The man will face court on November 1 and faces a charge of common assault, according to The Courier Mail.
The Seahawks' loss marked the third straight year they have lost in the grand final.
Currumbin also defeated the Seahawks in the previous final.
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