Commonwealth Games medallist Kyle Langford could face UK Athletics sanction

Commonwealth Games medallist Kyle Langford could face UK Athletics sanction after altercation with track official after red card at BMC meeting

  • Gold Coast 2018 medallist Kyle Langford could face a sanction from UK Athletics
  • The 800m star appeared to have a physical confrontation with a track referee
  • Langford was given a red card prior to his race in a BMC meeting at Watford
  • A video appears to show Langford grab the official by the throat and push him
  • Langford tweeted on Sunday, saying: ‘I let myself and my support team down’
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Commonwealth Games medallist Kyle Langford could face a sanction from UK Athletics after being involved in an astonishing altercation with a track official on Saturday night.

The 800m star who took silver in Gold Coast last year became embroiled in what appeared to be a physical confrontation with the elderly track referee after being given a red card prior to his race in a BMC meeting at Watford.

The official objected to the fact that Langford completed a 200m warm-up sprint while a 5,000m race was taking place. On Sunday night Langford’s manager, Gary Lough, said his athlete was running in lane two but the official considered it too close to competing runners and disqualified him from his own event.

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Kyle Langford could face a sanction from UK Athletics after an altercation with a track official

Langford was given a red card before his race in a BMC meeting at Watford and seemed furious

Langford was given a red card before his race in a BMC meeting at Watford and seemed furious

Langford was given a red card before his race in a BMC meeting at Watford and seemed furious

Footage appears to show Langford grab the track official by the throat and push him away

Footage appears to show Langford grab the track official by the throat and push him away

Footage appears to show Langford grab the track official by the throat and push him away

UK Athletics say they are looking into the incident at a meeting that was attended by Neil Black

UK Athletics say they are looking into the incident at a meeting that was attended by Neil Black

UK Athletics say they are looking into the incident at a meeting that was attended by Neil Black

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A row then erupted and a video posted on social media on Sunday night appears to show Langford grab the official around the throat and push him before walking away.

Insiders claim the official may have put his hands on Langford prior to that, although there is some confusion as to whether the referee — believed to be a man called John Howe — was simply trying to usher a 23-year-old who finished fourth at the 2017 World Championships in London away from the track.

UK Athletics have said they are looking into the incident at a meeting that was attended by Neil Black, the performance director at the governing body.

On Sunday night Lough told Sportsmail: ‘It was an unfortunate situation but Kyle has been apologetic. He understands he shouldn’t act like that with any race official, but it’s important to know the full facts of what happened and not just make a judgement on a video clip. Kyle nevertheless apologised and was allowed to run on the night, apologising again afterwards.’

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Langford took silver in the 800m at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia

Langford took silver in the 800m at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia

Langford took silver in the 800m at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia

Langford tweeted on Sunday night, more than 24 hours after the incident but within an hour of Sportsmail contacting both Lough and UKA.

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He said: ‘Yesterday [Saturday] I let myself and my support team down by reacting angrily to an official at the BMC event. I allowed pre-race tension to get to me too much and my behaviour fell well short of what it should be.

‘I have apologised to the official involved and have also followed up in writing, but I know that this wasn’t acceptable and I apologise that I behaved in that way.

‘The officials in the UK are amongst the best in the world, and their work at events like the BMC have meant athletes like me have had the chance to compete in some brilliant races. Once again, I’m very sorry and will be sure never to repeat this behaviour.’

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