A Northern League match between Heaton Stannington and Birtley Town featured a nasty punch that was as loud as a firecracker and might have broken a player's jaw. Yet the player who threw the punch went unpunished for the attack.
From Sky Tyne and Wear:
Birtley’s Mark Brereton lashed out at Heaton’s Paul Blakey causing a crack that could be heard in all parts of the ground.
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.”
Even if they somehow didn't see it, they certainly could've heard it. Credit to Paul Blakey for staying on his feet, though. Just the sound of it probably turned Neymar to dust.
This has been the Dirty Tackle of the Day: a chronicling of unfortunate events.
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