Police have launched an investigation after a referee was attacked during a non-league game over the weekend.

The match took place on Saturday, November 23 at a field in Kingston Road, Surbiton and involved AFC Sutton Common Rovers (of whom the player involved is believed to be a part of) and Sporting 50.

"Officers are investigating reports that a man in his 40s was assaulted while refereeing a football match at a sports ground in Surbiton," a Met spokesman said.

"LAS treated the man at the scene. His injuries were not life-threatening.

"The suspects had left the ground prior to the arrival of officers. No arrests at this time. Enquiries continue."

Following on from the attack, both sides took to Twitter to issue statements.

"We would like to make the following official statement in response to rumours surrounding an unforeseeable and undesirable incident Saturday during our league match with Sporting 50," AFC Sutton Common Rovers said.

"We confirm that in the closing minutes of the match there was an unprovoked cowardly incident resulting in a player striking the match official, both clubs priorities were to swiftly ensure the welfare of the match official until he was deemed fir to make his own way home.

"The police, league and FA have been made aware of this highly regrettable, wholly unacceptable and completely unforeseeable incident. AFC SCR are fully supporting the police with their enquiries and will do the same with the league and FA to ensure this is dealt with as fully and comprehensively as possible.

"No other comments will be made at this time."

The Sporting 50 statement - "We at Sporting 50 wanted to release a short statement regarding yesterday's match with SCR.

"It was a distressing incident for all involved in which the referee was assaulted in an unprovoked attack from one of the opposition.

"Our club nor the league condone violence of any form and we wish the referee a speedy recovery. At this moment we can not comment further as the police investigation is still ongoing.

"Credit to all that helped and the cooperation shown from all involved."