One of Britain’s lesser known derbies, the South-West battle between amateur sides St. Austell and Newquay, has today become front page news after St. Austell skipper Lee Whetter attacked a middle-aged Newquay fan after the midfielder was given his marching orders.
Lee Whetter, 27-years-old, had been shown the red card but instead of walking to the dressing room climbed into the grandstand to take umbrage with a fan who had allegedly been heckling the footballer all afternoon. According to local reports, Whetter barged his way through the crowd to come face to face with an opposing away fan, 49-year-old Mark Charles, who had been laughing at him throughout the match.
A snappy photographer then earned his money by capturing a series of shots in which Whetter firstly put Charles in a headlock before raining punches on his victim’s head.
Whetter has since been told by his manager that he would never play for the club again, although there has been no police action as the fan he attacked did not make a formal complaint.
A local TV report into the incident with a series of photos showing what happened can be seen here.