Kyle Langford avoids suspension for physical altercation with track official after red card at BMC meeting… as 800m star is only handed £1,000 fine
- British 800m runner Kyle Langford avoided severe sanctions from UK Athletics
- The Gold Coast 2018 medalist had 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’
Kyle Langford has escaped suspension but has received a £1,000 fine and a final written warning following an astonishing physical altercation with an official at an athletics meeting in Watford last month.
Key figures in the sport believe UK Athletics may have set a dangerous precedent by not banning the 800m star who finished fourth in the 2017 World Championships in London and is now preparing for this year’s event in Doha.
An official took exception to Langford running a 200m warm-up sprint while a 5,000m race was being contested and issued a red card, banning him from the 800m run he was due to compete in at the BMC meeting that evening. Langford did, however, apologise and was allowed to run that night.
Kyle Langford was involved in an altercation with a track official at a meeting in Watford
Langford was given a red card before his race and seemed furious
A video posted on social media showed Langford lunge at the official and push him with what appeared to be a hand on the throat. Langford apologised to the official and issued a public apology after Sportsmail contacted both UKA and his manager, Gary Lough.
British Athletics said they were investigating while UK Sport said they could also intervene as the national funding body.
In a statement today UKA also said Langford would have to give a day’s athletics community service while the written warning would be on his record.
Given footballers are suspended for pushing referees, it seems extremely lenient and raises the question of whether the decision had been influenced by his stature as an athlete.
Footage appeared to show Langford grab the track official by the throat and push him away
UK Athletics looked into the incident and Langford has been fined
A statement said: ‘Following an incident at the BMC GP Watford on 29 June, a UKA disciplinary investigation has fully reviewed the matters and considered witness accounts of the event including the parties directly involved.
‘As a WCP funded athlete, Mr Langford is bound by the terms of the WCP agreement which sets the standards in relation to conduct. The actions – which the athlete has readily admitted – fell well below the standard expected. The investigation took into account the immediate apologies issued to the official concerned thereafter.’
Langford took silver in the 800m at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia