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Ref hit, player charged

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A Winnipeg soccer player is facing charges following an attack on an official last week.

The incident occurred Thursday evening during a Manitoba Major Soccer League game between Winnipeg Croatia and Galatasaray United at the Vince Leah Recreation Centre on Salter Street.

A player with 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 allegedly punched the official, knocking him to the ground.

Winnipeg police say an off-duty officer was nearby and stopped by the scene.

A police unit later attended and after players and spectators were interviewed, officers arrested a 28-year-old man.

He faces a charge of assault causing bodily harm, police spokesman Const. Jason Michalyshen said Saturday.

The suspect was released on a promise to appear.

The victim, in his 50s, required medical attention and was taken to hospital. He was later upgraded to stable condition.

Officials with the MMSL did not respond to a request for comment.

Galatasaray United and Winnipeg Croatia play in the fifth division of the MMSL.


-- Staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 1, 2014 0

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