[OFF THE POST] The mother of a daughter playing in a U-10 game in the Atlanta area entered the field and slapped the referee because he didn't stop play after the girl was hit in the chest by the ball and fell down. The mother left by the time Forsyth County Sheriff deputies arrived. Charges will be filed only if the ref swears out a warrant against her in magistrate court.
The victim of the slap from the 39-year-old woman was a 30-year-old male referee, whose face was reddened and his lip bloodied.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the ref didn’t stop play because the other team was in possession – and waited until the ball went out of bounds.
The girl recovered from the fall.
The mother reportedly had a disagreement with the same ref the day before during another of her daughter’s games in the weekend tournament.
“Some of them [parents] lose their minds,” said Iggy Moleka, an executive with the Forsyth County-based United Futbol Academy, which staged the tournament. “But the last thing you want is a grown-up person attacking another grown-up person in front of children. What kind of message does that send?”