A teenage boy who broke his leg in a football match was shocked to receive a mocking Facebook message the next day - from the referee. And if that wasn't bad enough, the mickey-taking footy official was also the boy's town mayor!
Sunday League striker Johnny Adair, 16, crawled from the pitch in agony after councillor Jason Ward refused to stop the match and allegedly threatened to book him for diving.
The teenager said Mr Ward told him: "Get up. You'd be crying if you had broken your leg."
Johnny's mum Amanda, 38, took him to hospital where his leg was put in plaster.
The next day he woke to find a Facebook message from Mr Ward. It read: "Sorry to hear of your 'broken' leg, probably happened during the 15th roll, not the challenge! It's only a crack, not a real break.
"Football is a physical game played by men. Maybe think about netball or rounders in future. Get well soon."
Mr Ward, mayor of Southam, Warwickshire, has now been charged with improper conduct by soccer bosses.
Johnny, who is on the books of Championship club Birmingham City, said he will be out for six months and fears his football dreams could be over.
He added: "A ref shouldn't behave like that. When I found he was the mayor I couldn't believe it."
Mr Ward, 38, refused to comment.
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