Young rugby player arrested for punching ref in NSW football grand final

A YOUNG rugby player has been arrested after allegedly punching a referee at a football grand final in NSW.

Police said the 18-year-old allegedly assaulted the ref during the under 19s rugby union match at Newcastle West around 5.45pm on Saturday.

The 19-year-old referee sustained minor facial injuries after he was allegedly struck in the jaw.


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Police were called and, following investigations, attended a home at Rutherford around 10pm last night where they arrested the 18-year-old player.

He was taken to Maitland Police Station where he spent the night assisting police with their inquiries.

It is not known if any charges have been laid.