FA investigating Sleaford Town FA Cup 'mass brawl'
The FA has confirmed it will investigate a "mass brawl" at Sleaford Town FC on Saturday afternoon.
With three minutes remaining on the clock of a tense FA Cup tie at Eslaforde Park, and with Sleaford 2-1 up, the referee abandoned the match after it is alleged Sleaford assistant manager Darren Bevan was headbutted.
It is claimed a scuffle involving a number of people followed, in which the Echo understands Sleaford manager Kris Jones was pushed to the floor.
Eye witnesses say punches were thrown in a melee and the referee was left with "no choice" but to abandon the game.
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Speaking to the Echo, a FA spokesman said: "We are aware of the incident and looking at all of the events that took place.
"We will speak to the referee and read all reports that come into us. We will then take it from there."
Sleaford Town president and club legend Brian Rowland has spoken of his disgust over the event.
He said: "It was disgusting.
"It all kicked off with literally three minutes left.
"The referee had no choice but to abandon the game - I am not sure I've seen anything like it.
"I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Punches were being thrown. One lady collapsed in the excitement and it just wasn't very nice at all."