Soccer dad arrested for alleged assault on teen referee

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

A 41-year-old man was arrested Saturday for allegedly assaulting a teenage soccer referee during a Northville Township match, according to police.

The man is accused of storming onto the field of play after a 16-year-old referee called a foul on the man’s son, Lt. Paul Tennies said. He allegedly had a verbal altercation with the referee before shoving and throwing a cup at him.

No injuries were reported from the incident, police said. The game ended immediately after the alleged assault and the referee accompanied his parents to the police station to report the encounter.

The 41-year-old West Bloomfield Township man was identified by police using one of the team’s rosters, officials said.

He was identified as a parent of a player on the Waza Football Club, according to a Facebook post by the Canton Celtic Soccer Club. The two teams were playing Saturday on fields belonging to the Northville Christian Assembly Church in Northville Township when the alleged assault took place.

“They are banning this parent from all further games,” Canton Celtic officials said of the Waza team. “We have a very good relationship with Waza and I was very happy to hear that they are taking a very strong stand on the matter.”

After he was identified, the man was contacted by police and turned himself in Saturday for an interview. At the conclusion of the interview, he was placed under arrest for misdemeanor assault and released on a $500 cash bond.

The man is due back in court for arraignment June 15 in 35th District Court in Plymouth. His name is not being released by police until the hearing.

Misdemeanor assault is punishable by up to 93 days in jail and a fine.

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