Life bans are being considered for abusive parents after a 13-year-old umpire was allegedly assaulted at a junior football match in the Perth suburb of Thornlie on the weekend.
The West Australian premier has joined calls for a crackdown on bad spectator behaviour after the teen received minor injuries during the alleged incident.
The under-11s game between Thornlie and Maddington had to be cut short and police called in after a crowd member took umbrage at the young umpire’s decision to card a player for an on-ground indiscretion.
“Leave the umpire alone!” one witness can be heard shouting during the altercation.
“It’s completely unacceptable,” WA Premier Mark McGowan said.
“Sporting associations should ban these people from attending.”
Witnesses told 7NEWS the incident unfolded as the umpire walked the carded player off the ground.
A 46-year-old woman was questioned but charges have not been laid.
AFL umpire Dean Margetts has spoken with the young umpire’s family and says the early indications are the 13-year-old would like to continue umpiring.