Dad tackles referee during football game after controversial call – CBS Sacramento
ROSEVILLE (CBS13) — A parent attacked a referee by knocking him to the ground during an under-16 football game in Roseville.
The video shows the violent act of the footballer’s father running across the pitch and blinding a referee. The father then stands over the referee, yelling at him.
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Andrew Reali is the referee who got ripped off by the father, who was more than twice his height.
“I felt like I was hit by a train,” Reali said. “I felt like I had been hit by a train. It was by far the hardest blow I have ever suffered in my life.
“It was pretty crazy,” Reali said. “It happened so fast, I was definitely shaken for 10, 15 minutes, after that my nerves calmed down.”
The attack stemmed from an off-camera call against the father’s son. Reali says the son challenged the call by following him off the court and getting in his face. He says he pushed the teenager to back him off.
“And that’s when the parent on the other side of the pitch came and attacked me,” Reali said.
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“I think what we see in this video is incredibly shocking,” Roseville Police Department spokesman Rob Baquera said. “This action by an aloof parent is clearly not appropriate.”
Roseville police were called to the scene following a report of assault and battery. They reported their findings to the Placer County District Attorney’s Office.
Reali wants the parent charged.
“I want criminal charges,” Reali said. “I want this guy to pay for what he did.”
The Under-16 match was part of the NorCal Premier Soccer organization, which suspended the coach of the team the parent’s child is playing for for failing to control spectators on his team. A disciplinary committee is recommending that the team be expelled from all competitions until June next year.
Reali says the attack won’t stop him from regaining the ground.
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“It’s not going to stop me,” Reali said. “I want young referees to see this and say, you know what, if this happens to you, don’t let this affect your life. You can’t let this stuff affect you.