Ugly moment: Parents clash in heated fight at under-nine rugby league match as kids look on in stunned
- The parents clashed in ugly scenes at an under-nine rugby league match
- The incident occurred in Townsville during a game on Friday night.
- Concerned parent said “it wasn’t right”
A group of Townsville parents were involved in an ugly crash at an under-nine rugby league match, leaving their children stunned to watch.
A concerned parent said news corporation that the behavior, in which multiple parents engaged in a shoving contest in the middle of the playing field, “just wasn’t right.”
On Friday, Souths RLFC and Brothers Townsville RLFC met in a mixed boys and girls match at 7pm
The match took place at the Townsville and District Rugby League grounds in Kirwan.
However, the game was called off after approximately 30 parents entered the field. The concerned father claimed that he saw another father on the ground being kicked and beaten.
The parents clashed in ugly scenes at a children’s rugby league match in Townsville
You had several fights. Children do not need to witness violence,” she said.
I am very angry with the parents.
The ugly scenes were sparked by a father entering the field to stop two players from fighting and pushing a child to the ground. The referee was 13 years old.
The images of the incident show a child who hears crying while a woman says “that’s why we don’t fight mate.” Around nine men are seen in a melee meters away.
Queensland Police confirmed no incidents were reported, while Rugby League Townsville and district chairman Roger Whyte condemned the behavior and confirmed a “vigorous” investigation was underway.
As a result, parents risk being banned from attending the games.
“We don’t tolerate bad behavior,” Whyte said.
Brothers Townsville president Jeff Doyle said: “Until I understand the full result or what happened, I wouldn’t be able to make much comment.”