Could you hear that punch?
It’s hard to imagine that anybody who was at the scene did not. Incredulously, the match officials for a semi-pro game in England’s Northern League neither saw nor heard Birtley player Mark Brereton’s right-handed haymaker smack against the face of Heaton Stannington’s Paul Blakely.
Blakey was soon rushed to a local hospital with a suspected broken jaw, while Birtley’s manager was able to substitute Brereton off following the referee’s failure to react to the shocking assault.
From Sky Tyne and Wear:
Brereton immediately walked off the pitch but instead of being sent off the officials allowed him to be substituted as none of them had seen the incident.
Heaton Stannington assistant manager Geoff Walker said: “Their coach apologised on the lad’s behalf but I said if it was one of our lads he wouldn’t kick a ball for us again.
“The officials have come up to us at the end and said they didn’t see it but I think there is plenty here that did see it.”
At least karma got the better of Brereton and his side. Heaton Stannington went on to win the match 3-0.