Atletico's final home game of the season ended in chaos as the match was abandoned on
70 minutes, after referee Paul Hands showed his fourth red card of the match to Luke
Richards after he made a headbutt gesture towards the referee.
From a Hinckley point of view the decisions from the referee were harsh, but the players
did not help themselves by reacting badly, borne out of frustration, at the decisions
of the referee.
The match itself saw Hinckley take a 1-0 lead early on and then Copsewood equalised
through a penalty. Lee Thomas was then showed a second yellow card for a foul, and
before the match had restarted,on the advice of his linesman, the referee showed a
straight red card to Marcus Jackson for an alleged offence in the area whilst waiting
for the free kick. Sam Agar, substitute striker was also shown a yellow at the same
time whilst warming up on the touchline.
With Copsewood having a two man advantage they took a 1-4 lead, before Agar scored a
second goal for AFC. The Coventry keeper rolled the ball out of his area, but hit Agar,
who then tapped into the empty net. After first consulting with his linesman who awarded
the goal, the referee deemed that it was a foul and disallowed the goal. Agar was shown a
second yellow for protesting about the legality of the goal, and unexplicably Luke Richards
then made a headbutt gesture towards the referee, for which he was quite rightly shown a
red card, and the referee decided to halt the game.
Hinckley AFC immediately suspended Luke Richards and will hold an internal investigation,
whilst the club is to be investigated by the Leicestershire and Rutland FA. The Midland League
committee ruled that in accordance with rule 8.3.4, the result will stand without need to
replay the match.
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