Sickening moment when football referee is left with a broken jaw and missing teeth after a suspended player ran onto the pitch and attacked him during a game
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Disturbing footage has captured the moment when a referee was left with a broken jaw and bloodied mouth in a brutal brawl.
Khoder Yaghi refereed a first-class match between Padstow Hornets and Greenacre Eagles at Padstow Park, Sydney’s South West, on Friday night.
A suspended player who had been watching the game then charged at him, leaving him with three missing teeth and a jaw broken in several places.
Disturbing footage captured the moment a referee was left with a broken jaw and bloodied mouth in a brutal brawl
Mr Yaghi continues to recover at Liverpool Hospital and is expected to undergo reconstructive surgery on his jaw on Monday.
Terrifying footage from the night of the wild brawl has since surfaced showing Mr. Yaghi being repeatedly hit on the head.
The spectator is seen wearing a black shirt and blue shorts while waving his arm through the air.
Mr. Yaghi is pulled to the ground and tries to cover his face amidst the shower of punches.
A crowd quickly forms around the couple with bystanders trying to pull the onlooker off of Mr. Yaghi.
Mr. Yaghi staggers to his feet, covered in blood, muttering his words as he speaks through the pain.
“He broke my jaw,” he said.
The spectator seen in the video is considered a suspended player.
Greenacre Eagles released a statement on Sunday in which the team said it had elected to withdraw its team from top-tier MPL competition.
“As a result of the incident that occurred after the match, our club has taken the decision to withdraw the team from the competition for the remainder of the 2023 season,” it said.
“This serves as a reminder to everyone that violence will not be tolerated in our club.”
The club added that it was cooperating with NSW Police, who have yet to make an arrest.
Khoder Yaghi refereed a match between Padstow Hornets and Greenacre Eagles at Padstow Park, Sydney’s South West, on Friday night.
NSW Police confirmed that Bankstown area command officers were investigating the alleged assault of a referee in south-west Sydney.
“Just before 10.30pm (Friday 28 April 2023) two groups were playing a football match at Davies Road Padstow when a referee was reportedly punched in the face after a verbal altercation with a spectator,” a spokesman said.
“The injured man has been taken to Liverpool Hospital with an injury to his jaw.”
Football NSW said in a statement to Daily Mail Australia that it was aware of the incident and “will not tolerate anti-social behavior from any of its participants at any time’.
“(We) will continue to provide the Bankstown Football Association with ongoing assistance and support in this matter over the coming weeks,” a spokesman said.
Greenacre Eagles declined to comment further when Daily Mail Australia approached him.
Mr Yaghi said a spectator started ‘seriously’ insulting the referees before the fight broke out.
“I asked for a ground officer to calm him down, but this guy kept going… and he jumped over the fence and ran straight at us,” he said The age.
“(He) cursed and mistreated us for no reason at all. As he approaches us, he raises his hands to start (a) fight… I tried to push him away with my (18-inch) linesman’s baton.
“But this guy starts running around trying to get behind me, because he (knows) he can’t get me face to face.
“While I was arguing with another player, this man came out from behind me and attacked me. Right on my face. With his hands and legs all over my head and face.’