The operators of New River sports centre had been warned the venue’s lack of security would lead to an attack on a referee, it has been revealed.
talkSPORT released shocking footage of an incident on Sunday 20 May, which saw a number of players chase and kick a match official
Now two former workers at the Wood Green complex claim it was an ‘accident waiting to happen’ due to understaffing.
Sarah, which is not her real name, said: “I am not surprised this has happened. I raised a number of issues about the lack of security that was provided as we had had fights on the pitch. A stabbing had happened. It felt like a disregard of safety by the company towards staff members and the public.”
The venue is run by Fusion Travel. The firm has been approached for a response.
talkSPORT understands the attack took place at the final whistle of the Turkish Community Football Federations cup final, played on New River’s stadium pitch.
Sarah added: “It’s a 36 acre site. I know there was only a few members of staff.”
She also reported no stewards had been on duty despite regulations stipulating at least one for every 250 spectators, which she is confident there were on Sunday.
Another former worker said: “The propensity for something to go wrong, and go wrong badly, is really quite high. It has happened on this occasion and it could have been prevented.”
He believes Fusion Lifestyle’s response to a stabbing on site in April 2017 demonstrated a lack of care.
“They were solely interested in ‘was the documentation in place?’ i.e. risk assessments. There wasn’t even a ‘is everyone ok?’. There was no ‘how can we resolve this? What measures can we take?'”
Sarah agrees: “The company don’t see an issue. They work at the head office in the middle of London.”
The referee attacked on 20 May did not want to assist the police and no arrests have been made.
The Metropolitan Police said: “The suspects had left the scene prior to police arrival. Enquiries continue.”
talkSPORT understands flares had been set off before the match between Dumlupinar Yeni Malatyaspor and GS FC.
London Fire Brigade confirmed they attended an incident at the scene.
An offical from the Turkish Community Football Federation, which is investigating the footage, promsied to “throw the book” at those responsible.
Source : TalkSport