Man charged after allegedly assaulting child at junior rugby game

A man who allegedly ran onto a rugby league field to assault a 12-year-old boy is among three people who have been charged following a weekend of shocking on-field confrontations at sporting events across NSW.

About 11.00am yesterday, officers were called to a sporting oval on Carrington Street at Narara after a fight broke out during a junior rugby league game.

Police say a man allegedly ran onto the field and assaulted a 12-year-old boy, who was taken to Gosford Hospital for treatment of facial injuries.


A 39-year-old man was arrested at a home at Bateau Bay a few hours later and charged with common assault.

In a separate incident, a soccer player allegedly punched his coach in the face after being sent off a field in Arncliffe yesterday afternoon.

The 18-year-old was taken into custody at a nearby house shortly after and charged with affray and behave in offensive manner in/near public place/school.

While in a third incident yesterday, a referee was knocked unconscious after allegedly being punched in the face during an on-field altercation at a rugby league competition in Menindee.

The referee, a 47-year-old man, was treated by paramedics before being taken to the Menindee Health Service for treatment.

A 26-year-old man has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm over the incident.