Three Bridges have suspended midfielder Hassan Nyang after he allegedly hit another player with a shovel.

Nyang is accused of hitting Oakwood reserve goalkeeper Scott Kenward on the backside with the gardening tool following a dressing-room bust-up during half-time of a County League division one 1-1 draw at Jubilee Field on Bank Holiday Monday.

Bridges chairman Alan Bell said: "We were appalled at the incident and immediately suspended the player from playing for the club.

"We are having meetings this week to discuss the issue and we have sent our apologies to Oakwood. We as a club certainly do not want to be associated with such behaviour."

Nyang picked up the spade as the players returned to the pitch following the half-time interval.

He reportedly had to be restrained by Bridges manager Paul Faili and team-mates before being sent from the field by the referee.

Nyang was angry with Kenward after the two players had earlier clashed in the dressing room area as they left the field for half-time.

Oakwood manager Lee Butcher said: "I have never seen anything like it before, it was surreal. There was some trouble at half-time but it was a typical local derby, there was nothing really nasty in the game.

"He just lost it and I think the shovel must have been outside the clubhouse. It was shocking and I just tried to get my players away so the referee could deal with it.

"We have reported the incident to the FA and I don't want to say too much until the football authorities have dealt with it."

Nyang joined Three Bridges from Thurrock at the start of this season and earned his first call-up to the Sussex squad last month.