A footballer faces jail after admitting driving his car onto
the pitch and at the referee after being sent off.
Joseph Rimmer was red carded by referee David Harkness for a
ferocious tackle while playing for Lonsdale against Harrington in the Southport
and District Sunday League on Valentine's Day.
The 28-year-old was furious at being dismissed, and stormed
off the pitch - then stunned players and supporters by jumping into his car and
driving back onto the field of play.
RImmer admitted driving his car at Harkness on the council-run
pitches in Southport, forcing the referee to dive out of the way at the last
minute to avoid being run over.
Defence lawyer Philip Tully told Liverpool Crown Court that his
client saw red and was trying to have the match called off.
"He drove on to the pitch in an attempt to get the
match abandoned," said Tully.
"He accepts he drove towards the referee and his
comments and threats to the referee when he got out the car amount to affray.
"He understands this is a serious matter. What happened
was highly unpleasant for Mr Harkness."
Judge Adrian Lyon bailed Rimmer - who has no previous
convictions - pending sentencing on condition that he stay away from local league
football matches and Mr Harkness.