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Cops: Ref assaulted by "soccer dad" for penalizing son's team

Marcos Jimenez New Castle County Police Dept. via CBS Philly

WILMINGTON, Del. - A Delaware man was arrested after he allegedly attacked a soccer referee who called a penalty against his son’s team, reported CBS Philly.

New Castle County Police say 42-year-old Marcos Jimenez was charged with abusing a sports official.

When officers arrived, say they learned that there had been a physical altercation involving 42-year-old Marcos Jimenez, a player on his son’s soccer team, and a referee.

According to CBS Philly, the official indicated to police that he was assaulted by two men because they felt he was being biased in his calls.

Investigators were told that throughout the game Jimenez was making threatening comments to the ref, as was  a player on his son's team. When the referee threw a flag to penalize the team, police say the player began assaulting the official, and that Jimenez then walked onto the field and also began to attack him.

According to investigators, the referee was struck several times in the face.

CBS Philly reports the official's teenage daughter tried to intervene, but that investigators say she was pushed away by Jimenez.

Jimenez was later taken into custody at his residence, without incident. He was charged with abuse of a sports official/assault in the third degree, harassment, conspiracy in the third degree and offensive touching.


  • Barry Leibowitz

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