Reports of crowd involvement in an ugly incident during Sunday's Maclaey Valley vs Coffs Harbour clash have been greatly exaggerated according to Mustangs' president Mike Spalding.
Reports of crowd involvement in an ugly incident during Sunday's Maclaey Valley vs Coffs Harbour clash have been greatly exaggerated according to Mustangs' president Mike Spalding. Leigh Jensen

Group 2 investigation to begin

GROUP 2 has promised a 'long and thorough investigation' following Sunday's disgusting scenes at Kempsey's Verge St Stadium.

Fans allegedly became involved and a glass bottle was thrown following the sending off of four players during the Macleay Valley and Coffs Harbour reserve grade match.

It is also alleged a Mustangs player and Comets player traded blows in the tunnel.

Chief Administrative Officer of Group 2 Jim Anderson stated no action would be taken by the Group until all the appropriate information has been collected.

"At this stage we are just making inquiries," Anderson said

"There were Group 2 match officials at the game and I will be talking to them soon to hear what they have to say.

"It is too early to comment on what individual actions will be taken and we won't be making any decisions until the investigations are complete."

Macleay Valley president Mike Spalding believes initial reports of Sunday's events were blown out of proportion.

Spalding said reports of a large crowd involvement in the ugly incident have been greatly exaggerated.

"It is disgusting to see all the work done by the Macleay Valley club has been undone by one individual," Spalding said.

"A really good day of football of was ruined and the club has been given a bad name after we have worked overtime to correct the public perception of the Mustangs.

"We are working closely with the police and will have our own inquiry once the police reveal their findings."

Earlier reports alleged Al Lockwood and Michael Spence were involved in a fiery physical altercation after the pair was dismissed from the playing field.

Both clubs have corrected this information and said the pair involved was actually Craig Smith and Blair Blanchette.

Spalding also stated the Group 2 officials at the game were not involved in settling the situation.

"The two group 2 officials at the game were only at the game because of a representative under-16 match earlier in the day and it was in fact a group of Macleay Valley volunteers and myself who subdued the disturbance," he said.

The players involved will face the Group 2 Judiciary later this week.



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