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Burton referee chief backs jailing of footballer attacker

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 06, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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A BURTON man honoured by the Queen for his role in shaping refereeing in the town has backed the jailing of a town footballer for violence on the pitch.

Lou Jones, pictured, who is president of Burton Football Association and served for four decades as a referee, said it was 'good to see' that football and police chiefs had come down hard on Scott Quig after he left referee Dave Clarke hospitalised following a headbutt during a game.

The 33-year-old, of Harehedge Lane, Burton, was jailed for a year and handed a life ban by the Birmingham County Football Association (FA), which oversees the league in the town.

Mr Jones told the Mail: "The sentence handed down by the courts is the right one and will hopefully send a message to others.

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"It is also good to see that football chiefs have decided to come down hard on the player and ban him from the game.

"If he loves the game like many others do in the area, I am sure that this decision will also hit him hard."

He said the number of registered referees in the area had plummeted by 60 per cent in the past year and that violence on football pitches could see the number drop even further.

Mr Jones, who was awarded an MBE for services to the community in 2010, said discipline in amateur football had 'fallen off a cliff' since he stopped refereeing at the age of 72.

He added : "Discipline needs to start in the top leagues and filter all the way down.

"Until this happens, the game has no chance."

Quig attacked Dave Clarke when the official was about to show him a red card during a Pedigree/Tag league game between Eton Athletic and Real Medina FC at Eton Park Recreation Ground in Shakespeare Road, Burton.

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