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Played the Referee.


Played the Referee. Treherbert Lineman's Game of Football. Considerable interest was centred in a case heard at Llandaff on Monday, in which Philip H. Baxter, a linesman, of the Post Office, Treherbert, was sum- moned by Thomas Williarn Rees, a referee under the Cardiff and District Rugby Union, for an assault on January 23rd. Mr. A. F. Hill was for complainant, and Mr. Morgan Rees) defended.- Mi". Hill stated that on the date men- tioned a match was played at Llandaff Fields between Garth Rangers and the Canton Harlequins, in which Mr. Rees acted as referee. What happened during; the game* was described by the complainant, who said he was a traveller, of Donald Street, Car- diff. Things went all right till Garth scored a try about seven minutes from the end, when the Harlequins' captain (so complainant alleged) made use of an objectionable observation. Then, wheti the Harlequins were penalised, Baxter, who played on that slde, used abusive language and was ordered off. A couple of minutes later the crowd closed in, and witness stopped the game. He was hustled, and received a blow with a fist hehind ear, and. turning, round, saw defendant withdrawing his arm. As lie turned he was hit on the jaw by someone else and fell, having to be carried off the ground. Three witnesses said the man who struck complainant from behind looked like defendant. Mr. Morgan Rees suggested that com- plainant had made a mistake. Defendant denied the allegations made against him, but admitted writing a letter to the Cardiff and District Rugby Union, on January 28th, in which he stated that the way Mr. Rees refereed was a disgrace to football, and he should be reported to the Union. He also stated that he thought Mr. Rees justly deserved what he had, as lie had fairly robbed the 'Quins of the match. A number of witnesses stated that defendant did not assault complainant. The Bench, however, imposed a fine of £ 3 and costs, with the option of twenty- one days' imprisonment.

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