A Winnipeg soccer player is facing charges following an alleged attack on an official Thursday night.
The incident occurred at about 9 p.m. during a Manitoba Major Soccer League game between Winnipeg Croatia and Galatasaray United at the Vince Leah Recreation Centre on Salter Street.
A member of Winnipeg Croatia, upset at being given a yellow card by the official, argued the call on the field. When the referee reached into his pocket to pull out another card, the player punched the official, knocking him to the ground.
Winnipeg police say an off-duty officer was near the area and stopped by the scene. Another police unit later attended and officers arrested a 28-year-old male. He is facing a charge of assault causing bodily harm, a police spokesman said Saturday.
The victim, in his 50s, required medical attention and was transported to hospital.
Emails to officials at the MMSL have not been returned.
Galatasaray United and Winnipeg Croatia play in the fifth division of the MMSL.