Player who tried to run over ref jailed

A SUNDAY league footballer who drove his car at a referee was jailed for 24 weeks today.
Joseph Rimmer, 28, drove his 4×4 on to the pitch, causing referee David Harkness and football players to run for their lives, Liverpool Crown Court was told.
Lonsdale player Rimmer, of Melling, Merseyside, reacted with fury as he was about to be shown the red card during a game against Harrington at Portland Street playing fields in Southport on Sunday, February 14.
Derek Jones, prosecuting, said: “Before he could be shown the red card, the defendant stated, ‘I’m going to run you down’, then walked across a neighbouring pitch as another game was going on.
“When players shouted to the defendant to get off the pitch, he told them, ‘Watch me run the f****** ref over’.
“He went over to his Range Rover and drove toward the pitch.”
The court heard that after driving in circles across the pitch sending players and officials scattering, the defendant came to a stop, got out of the car and made a gun shape with his hand, shouting towards Mr Harkness: “I’m going to shoot you.”


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