Saracens player Pat Sayce punched in face in pitch brawl
A FOOTBALL player from Cheltenham needed hospital treatment after a league match descended into violence.
Cheltenham Saracens midfielder Pat Sayce needed eight stitches to his face after the incident in a fixture against Reading-based team Highmoor Ibis on Saturday.
The Hellenic League Premier Division clash, which ended in a 5-0 victory for the Saracens, descended into a brawl when one of a Highmoor Ibis players, who had already been sent off, came back onto the field.
Twenty-one-year-old Sayce was punched repeatedly, causing a nasty wound which needed stitches. Mr Sayce declined to comment yesterday. However, his father Chris Sayce, from Up Hatherley, said: "Obviously we were not happy about what happened.
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"We come for the football, not the fighting. Other than that, I don't want to go into it any more. We will not be pressing charges."
The assistant coach of Highmoor Ibis was sent off for swearing at the referee during the ill-tempered match.
Saracens manager Gerry Oldham confirmed no further action would be taken.
"We want to draw a line under the incident," he said.
"We have had an apology from the club so as far as we are concerned that is that."
Martin Law, chairman of Highmoor, said the player responsible for the attack wouldn't be allowed to represent the club again.