Broadcaster Terry Christian faces ban from watching his son play football after ranting about 17 year-old referee on Twitter

Queensgate Junior Wasps have apologised for Christian's comments accusing the 17 year-old official of cheating and being 'unashamedly biased'

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Broadcaster Terry Christian became the belligerent Mancunian voice of 1990s British youth entertainment when he fronted the zeitgeist television programme The Word.

But his forthright views could see him banned from watching his son play football in future after he launched a furious Twitter attack on the referee overseeing a match this weekend.

Queensgate Junior Wasps have apologised for his comments accusing the 17 year-old official of cheating and being “unashamedly biased” in the Stockport Metro League under 11 clash with rivals Spurley Hey which ended in what appeared to be a hard fought 3-3 draw.

In a series of tweets Mr Christian, 52, who now presents a programme on his local Imagine FM, alerted his 36,000 followers on the social networking site to his concerns over the handling of the game. He later said he was the victim of a “witch hunt” for raising the issue. 

“The refereeing was comical,” he said. “It was like watching Mean Machine or Escape to Victory. My lad was elbowed in the face and stamped on. The ref gave a penalty for a handball that hit one of our lads in the midriff.

“It was that bad that their coach even had to tell them to calm down at one point because they were getting away with everything. Some of their own parents and grandparents were embarrassed by it,” he said.

Club secretary Mandy Anderson said that Queensgate would not tolerate bad behaviour on the pitch or the touchline.

She said the club manager had lodged an official complaint with the league and the team was awaiting its response. “We are talking to Mr Christian and going through what happened. There are processes in place to make any reports after the game – not via Twitter,” she said.

“We would like an apology. That is what we would ask for. We have already apologised to the club and the referee,” she added.

Mr Christian, an ardent Manchester United fan and prodigious tweeter, appeared unlikely to back down accusing his critics of acting like “cornered rats”.