Video: Non-League manager held back by four players after threatening referee that showed him a red card

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Football at any level is competitive, albeit the skill sets of the players and the prizes to be won are greater at the more elite level.

The lower down the football pyramid you go, the more ‘industrial’ the game becomes, with respect.

That can also extend to the behaviour of players and staff, as was seen this past weekend in an FA Trophy game before Bristol Manor Farm FC and Paulton Rovers FC.

A supporter video appears to capture the moments after the manager of Bristol Manor Farm has been given his marching orders by the official.

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What starts off as a handful of expletives soon turns nasty as the manager, in a threatening tone and demeanour, has to be held back from getting at the referee by at least four of his players.

To the official’s credit, he and his assistants remained calm throughout and simply attempted to ignore the aggressor who was getting more and more irate seemingly because he wasn’t getting a reaction.

Whether this means further punishment for the club is unclear, but there’s no place for it in the beautiful game.

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