FOOTBALL club bosses have reacted with fury after one of their players was left for more than 30 minutes laying on the Halton Stadium turf with a broken leg.
Gainsborough Trinity secretary Frank Nicholson has confirmed the club will be meeting today to decide what action to take over Simon Bird's horror injury against Runcorn on Saturday.
The Blues' striker suffered a double fracture of his right leg after a challenge from Runcorn defender David Ness.
The incident, which occurred three minutes into the second period of the Conference North clash, earned Ness a straight red card, but a dispute over Bird's treatment left Gainsborough officials upset.
Trinity physio Bob Bradbury treated Bird, but an alleged dispute between Runcorn FC Halton and first aid personnel meant they refused to enter the field of play to help with treatment.
The fall-out is believed to centre on the lack of proper footwear allocated to them to go on the pitch. Bird was left on the pitch for more than 30 minutes before paramedics arrived after Runcorn chairman Dr David Robertson advised that the 21-year-old should not be moved.
Mr Nicholson said: 'We were told the dispute was over the footwear, but in truth there was perhaps not a lot which could have been done, so serious was the injury.
'The first aid personnel are there for any problems with the crowd, but it is a shame the whole incident was allowed to happen.'
Bird was taken to Whiston Hospital, where he had a bar inserted in his fractured tibia and also had his fibula pinned.
Speaking from his hospital bed, Bird said: 'It was a long, long wait. I was cold and I was in shock.'
Runcorn secretary Alan Jones said: 'Procedure was followed by Runcorn Football Club. Their physio went on the pitch assessed the situation and requested a doctor.
'The chairman came down and had a look at the player he diagnosed one broken leg and possibly two and said he wasn't to be moved and sent for the ambulance.
'Once the ambulance had been called its up to the paramedics to provide any further remedial treatment or advice.'