Water bottle in crowd hits player during English men’s basketball match

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(CNN) — A top basketball match between British teams has ended in disarray after an unidentified spectator launched a water bottle into the stands during the second half, striking a player.

British media reports suggest no one has been arrested and that the incident is being investigated by the National Police Chiefs’ Council.

A fan has reportedly lobbed a bottle at players on both sides during a match between at the Bangor FC Northern Premier Division and King’s Lynn Town on Sunday.

King’s Lynn Town won the game 3-2 and the league season concludes next week, but it was not expected to mark the end of an ugly sequence of events.

Spectators had been a problem for Bangor during their on-pitch troubles last season. When they won promotion to the second tier of English football the following month, it became a sporting “David and Goliath” battle to claim promotion.

But after almost a decade in exile from the “Premier League” after a match-fixing scandal, the team has since appointed a young black manager, Khaldoon Al Mubarak, who was appointed chief executive.

Bangor posted a message of solidarity for their player on Twitter.

No one is in custody, an NPCC spokesman said, and a recording of the incident, captured on camera, could be available by Monday.

However, the latest “embarrassing” event has undermined the efforts of football administrators to clean up the game after the scandal.

“It is unbelievable what we are reading and seeing. It is a sad reflection on the game we love and on the behavior of a very small minority of people,” said a fan in the crowd, according to the BBC.

A full inquiry is expected to emerge soon, concluded the BBC.

The NRUFC president and chairman of Bangor were understood to be leaving King’s Lynn but “taken to hospital for assessment,” The Guardian reported.

CNN has reached out to both clubs for comment.

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