Ugly moment parents clash in heated fight at under-nines rugby league game as stunned children look on
- Parents clashed in ugly scenes at an under-nines rugby league game
- The incident occurred in Townsville during a match on Friday night
- One concerned parent said it was ‘just not on’
A group of Townsville parents were involved in an ugly clash at an under-nines rugby league game, leaving their stunned children watching on.
One concerned parent told News Corp that the behaviour – in which a number of parents were involved in a shoving contest in the middle of the playing field – was ‘just not on’.
On Friday, Souths RLFC and Brothers Townsville RLFC faced off in a mixed boys and girls match at 7pm.
The match took place at Townsville and District Rugby League grounds in Kirwan.
However, the game was suspended after approximately 30 fathers entered the field. The concerned parent claimed he saw another parent on the ground being kicked and punched.
Parents clashed in ugly scenes at a kids’ rugby league match in Townsville
‘You had several scuffles. Kids don’t need to witness violence,’ he said.
‘I’m really angry at the parents.’
The ugly scenes were sparked by one father entering the field to stop two players fighting and pushing a child to the ground. The referee was 13 years old.
Footage of the incident shows a child heard crying while a woman says ‘that’s why we don’t fight mate’. Around nine men are seen in a melee metres away.
Queensland Police confirmed that no incidents were reported, while Rugby League Townsville and District chairman Roger Whyte condemned the behaviour and confirmed that a ‘vigorous’ investigation was underway.
Parents risk being banned from attending games as a result.
‘We don’t tolerate bad behaviour,’ Whyte said.
Brothers Townsville chairman Jeff Doyle said: ‘Until I understand the full outcome of it or what’s taken place I wouldn’t be able to make much comment.’