Veteran quits after season-long ban

PUBLISHED: 10:08 12 November 2008 | UPDATED: 08:43 02 June 2010

By ADAM LAZZARI A VETERAN Fenland footballer has decided to hang up his boots after being banned for the rest of the season for physically assaulting a referee. Tydd United player Cameron Rae, 48, received his ban and £150 fine from the Cambridgeshire Fo

By ADAM LAZZARI

A VETERAN Fenland footballer has decided to hang up his boots after being banned for the rest of the season for physically assaulting a referee.

Tydd United player Cameron Rae, 48, received his ban and £150 fine from the Cambridgeshire Football Association after his confrontation with the match official during a Cambs Lower Junior Challenge Cup match with Soham United, played earlier this season.

The midfielder barged into the referee during a heated confrontation after receiving a red card.

Cambs FA assistant disciplinary secretary Arthur Reeves said: "The player was banned for the rest of the season and he will be banned indefinitely if he fails to pay his fine.

"I've been told that, because of his age, Mr Rae has decided to retire from playing rather than pay the fine."

He added: "We take assaults on match officials very seriously.

"The referee's match report states that the player barged into him, so we've taken this into account. If he had punched the referee he could have received a five-year ban."

Tydd United club secretary Duncan Godfrey said: "Cameron was coming to the end of his playing days so he decided the time was right to pack it in.

"He's played local football for a long time and he's been a good and well-respected player and he's never had any major disciplinary problems in the past.

"It's a shame that it's all ended like this for him.


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