Referee who was beaten by a player in an amateur game from the base has finally heard from the police as he wants to press charges against the teacher who offers him money for free time
- Satyam Toki was leading a grassroots football game when he was attacked
- The player he dismissed hit him and he heard from the police
- Despite private messages from his attacker, the 28-year-old will report it
The referee who was beaten by a player in a grassroots match has finally heard from the police after the intervention of Sportsmail.
We revealed yesterday how official Satyam Toki was still waiting for his statement two weeks after the incident where he bled over his left eye.
Toki called 101 on several occasions to try to press charges against the player but felt “helpless” and was ignored after no action was taken.
Police take a statement from Satyam Toki on Wednesday after he was beaten
Grassroots referee Toki was beaten three times by a player after knocking him out
However, following the Sportsmail story, the Met Police contacted the referee on Tuesday and he will now make a formal statement on Wednesday morning.
Toki said, “It’s a relief that the police are finally taking action.”
The 28-year-old was left with excessive bleeding over his left eye after an alleged attack by a player he had just dismissed.
Toki is determined to press charges, even though he claims his attacker – a teacher – messaged him privately to offer him money for his free time.
As footage of the attack went viral earlier this month, Toki has gained support from other referees in the game, including Sportsmail columnist Mark Clattenburg, who called for the player to be prosecuted.
Sportsmail contacted the Met on Monday to ask why there had been a delay following the incident on August 9, and in a statement they said: “ The victim then contacted the police on August 21, confirming that he wished the police case – an investigation is underway. ‘
Toki (pictured) was attacked in a pre-season game and got a cut over his eye
The player, who remains unnamed, has not responded Sportsmails request for comment.
Sportsmail has been shown screenshots of the lyrics Toki said he was sent by the player, who played for Sporting Club de Mundial, a side of Hackney Sunday League formed by the football magazine Mundial.
Toki, who is only paid £ 40 per match, said earlier that he is still in ‘a little bit of pain’ and is unsure whether to referee again.