OWN UP and get out. That's the message coming from Calliope Roosters Rugby League Club after 20-year-old referee Zac Wilson was king hit following the A-grade game between Calliope and Brothers at the weekend.
Calliope Roosters vice-president Peter Masters spoke of the club's disappointment in the actions of the person behind the cowardly assault, saying the offender was not welcome at the club.
"We support the police 100%. We're not hiding from this," he said.
"If it was unfortunate enough to be a club member, he is no longer welcome in our club.
"If it's one of our supporters, we don't want this person around the club.
"I don't think he should be involved in or allowed to watch any sport in the Gladstone region.
"I think all the football clubs will definitely band together."
Mr Masters and the committee have been working closely with police and the referees' association since becoming aware of the incident late on Saturday night.
He said there was a determination to eradicate violent behaviour.
"Any sort of violence or aggression shown towards club officials, referees - anybody like that - it has to be stamped out," he said.