Football fracas


Police are investigating reports that an amateur footballer headbutted a spectator during a Jewish Sunday league match.

The alleged offender, believed to be solicitor Mike Filson, a player for the South Manchester Sports team, is said to have assaulted Leeds Maccabi commitee member Elliot Landy during a Manchester Jewish Soccer League fixture.

A spokeswoman from West Yorkshire Police confirmed that an assault had been reported. “The investigation is ongoing,” she said.

According to a source at the Leeds Maccabi club, who won the game 6-0, Mr Landy was left with a fractured cheekbone.

Mr Filson’s solicitor, Daniel Berke, said: “This matter has been reported to the police. There’s an ongoing police investigation. My client won’t be commenting.”

Mr Landy declined to comment.

Colin Bridgford, chief executive of Manchester County Football Association, said: “It’s something we’re investigating. We’re waiting for statements from Leeds Maccabi.”

Dan Kristall, who manages Leeds Maccabi, said he could not comment “for legal reasons”. South Manchester chairman Jonny Davis did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

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