ROSEVILLE, Calif. (KOVR) – A football dad in California attacked a referee, hit him and knocked him to the ground, in a shocking moment on camera.
The video shows the soccer daddy, identified by the Placer County District Attorney’s Office like Vicente Robles, 34, running across the pitch and blind referee Andrew Reali, knocking him to the ground. Robles then stands over Reali, yelling at him.
“It was as if I had been hit by a train,” Reali said. “It was by far the hardest blow I have ever received in my life. It was pretty crazy. It happened so fast.
The incident happened on November 17 during an Under-16 football game in Roseville, Calif.
Reali says Robles’ son disputed an appeal against him and followed the referee off the field. The teen bumped into his face, said the referee, and he pushed him back.
“And that’s when the parent on the other side of the pitch came over and assaulted me,” Reali said.
Police investigated the incident and sent their findings to the public prosecutor’s office.
“I think what we see in this video is incredibly shocking. This action by a parent on the fringes is clearly not something that is appropriate, ”said Rob Baquera, spokesman for the Roseville Police Department.
Robles was charged Monday with one count of assault and battery against a sports official. The date of his appearance is set for December 8.
The youth match was part of the NorCal Premier Soccer organization, which suspended Robles’ son’s coach for failing to screen his team’s spectators. A discipline committee recommends that the team be excluded from all competitions until June of next year.
Reali is fine now and says the attack won’t stop him from regaining the pitch.
“It’s not going to stop me. I want the young umpires to see this and say, ‘You know what, if this happens to you, don’t let it affect your life’. You can’t let that stuff affect you, ”he said.
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