Investigation into why referee picked up ball and walked off

Alex Green

Kent Football Association is conducting an investigation into an abandoned match between Tunbridge Wells and Croydon at Culverden Down last month.

The Southern Counties East League match on September 27 came to an abrupt end after 87 minutes when the referee picked up the ball and walked off the pitch.

The official, John Nazari, refused to provide any explanation for his actions and neither club has yet been informed of the circumstances of his decision.

The Wells were leading 1-0 at the time thanks to a goal from Ryan Crandley after 80 minutes.

Two players were sent off, one from each side, with referee Nazari making his dramatic exit after issuing a red card to the home side’s Josh Biddlecombe, thereby denying The Wells their first home victory of the season.


The referee has since submitted his report to the Kent FA. Its Football Services Officer, Richard Judd, who is in charge of governance, is considering the matter with the organisation’s chief executive, Paul Dolan. Kent FA was unable to comment on the ongoing investigation.

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