CONSTROVERSY: An altercation during a Cap League game between Gladstone teams, Yaralla and Central, is currently being investigated by football’s governing bodies.
CONSTROVERSY: An altercation during a Cap League game between Gladstone teams, Yaralla and Central, is currently being investigated by football’s governing bodies. Brenda Stron

Rivalries boil over

LOCAL football clubs Central and Yaralla have been immersed in controversy in recent weeks following their round 15 Cap League clash at Yaralla, July 10.

A meeting involving Football Gladstone and representatives from the two teams was held on Tuesday night to discuss the match that allegedly brought players, spectators and venue operators under scrutiny from football’s overarching bodies.

The Observer understands offensive gestures and remarks, both on and off the field, as well as the possible illegal consumption of alcohol on club premises, were the causes behind the altercation.

The controversy is believed to be centred around Central FC president Ross Maudsley and Yaralla player Joe Skelhorn.

“The whole situation is currently under review by members of the CA (Competition Administration),” Football Gladstone president Noel Fitzsimon said yesterday.

“We are literally right in the middle of working out the ins and outs and all the rest of it and doing our interviews.”

The gravity of the accusations has drawn the attention of higher authorities, which frown upon such incidents.

“Football Queensland have been informed of the goings on,” Fitzsimon said.

“We’re keeping them up-to-date but they are not physically requesting information of it from us. But they have been assisting the CA.”

The Football Gladstone president said the issues seemed to be an unfortunate side effect of club rivalry, which has affected many sporting codes in the past.

“It’s always disappointing when there are problems with any sport,” he said.

“As an administrator it doesn’t make anybody’s life easier.

“What it all comes down to is behaviour from everybody whether it be a committee member, parent, player or general spectator and I do believe it’s a problem with all sports right from amateur through to professional.

“Football Gladstone will be reminding all clubs to ensure that the good spectator code of conduct is being followed and to remind everybody of the responsibilities of arm band officials and match day requirements.”

It is understood Yaralla coach and father of Joe, Mark Skelhorn, lodged the official complaint to Football Gladstone.



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