FA Cup match marred by fight which saw Winterbourne captain sent off

Aaron Wilson (in red and white) pictured during Winterbourne United's match against Hythe and Dibden on Saturday

Aaron Wilson (in red and white) pictured during Winterbourne United's match against Hythe and Dibden on Saturday

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POLICE are investigating after a fight at an FA Cup match saw Winterbourne United’s captain sent off.

Skipper Aaron Wilson was shown a red card after jumping the barrier to try and diffuse a scuffle between his father, who was watching the match against Hythe and Dibden on Saturday (August 16), and away team committee member Lee Macaecheran.

The two teams have given varying accounts of what happened at the extra preliminary first round FA Cup match, played at Oaklands Park in Almondsbury.

Winterbourne secretary Geoff Endicott admitted the team captain was winding the clock down at the end of the match, with Winterbourne 3-2 in front.

“Aaron Wilson was fouled,” said Mr Endicott. “The way Aaron went down aggravated the away spectators at that end.

“The spectator, supposedly one of the committee members of Hythe and Dibden, made a comment about Wilson’s mother. What that spectator didn’t realise was that Aaron’s father, Tony Wilson, was stood next to him.

“The spectator who made the comment obviously didn’t realise the sensitivity of the comment he made, as Aaron’s mother died when he was seven.”

He added: “It was an isolated incident that is very regrettable.”

Hythe chairman Dave Cox said Mr Macaecheran was enjoying some 'banter' with a Winterbourne player.

He added: “We’ve got no problem with the result, it’s our fault we lost, but this incident marred a good day.

“It was our first ever FA Cup tie and we even got a miniature FA Cup made and engraved to give to Winterbourne, but this has spoiled it.”

Police are now investigating an alleged assault during the match and want to hear from anyone with any information.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Constabulary said: “A 37-year-old man from Southampton contacted us on Tuesday, August 19 to report being assaulted while watching a match at Oaklands Park, Almondsbury, at about 4.45pm on Saturday, August 16.

“He told us he suffered cuts, bruises and grazes after the incident.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call 101, quoting reference 85352/14.

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11:41am Thu 21 Aug 14

Noneofyourbusinessanyway says...

It's absolutely disgraceful that a committee member from Dibden would say something as appaling as he did, not to mention that his partner and young daughter were stood by his side. Violence is never the answer but I don't think there are many people out there who can honestly say they wouldn't have reacted in the same way as Mr Wilson did given the nature of what was said. Football is just a game; vile, unnecessary comments, in particular from people who are supposed to be decision makers for the club is totally unacceptable and shame on the higher powers at Dibden for not condemning this cretins behaviour. As for the chairman of Dibden, maybe you should educate your members to come forward with more intelligent 'banter' in future, instead of the disgusting, moronic attitude they currently have.
It's absolutely disgraceful that a committee member from Dibden would say something as appaling as he did, not to mention that his partner and young daughter were stood by his side. Violence is never the answer but I don't think there are many people out there who can honestly say they wouldn't have reacted in the same way as Mr Wilson did given the nature of what was said. Football is just a game; vile, unnecessary comments, in particular from people who are supposed to be decision makers for the club is totally unacceptable and shame on the higher powers at Dibden for not condemning this cretins behaviour. As for the chairman of Dibden, maybe you should educate your members to come forward with more intelligent 'banter' in future, instead of the disgusting, moronic attitude they currently have. Noneofyourbusinessanyway
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