Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Could This Happen To You?

Special thanks to Ken M., and JAFO for bring this one forward.

Soccer ref critically injured after attack by teen player, Utah police say

A soccer referee in Utah was critically injured after being attacked by a 17-year-old player angry about a call made during the game, police said. reports that the 46-year-old ref was injured Saturday morning while officiating a game being played in the fields behind Eisenhower Jr. High School, which is just south of Salt Lake City. ...

See the whole story here, courtesy of Fox News.

Kicking Back Comments: As we will see tomorrow, this referee is likely on their own regarding any medical bills. 


  1. Peter,

    This link and map may be of use in understanding the legal rights and remedies in various states.

    In Mass a bill has been introduced one and over for a few years, the most current bill introduced in 2012 was H2856. This proposed bill read as follows;

    "SECTION 1.

    Chapter 265 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 13D½ the following section: — Section 13D½. Whoever commits an assault upon a sports official within the confines or immediate vicinity of the athletic facility at which the athletic contest in which said official officiated shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than two and one-half years in a house of correction or by a fine of not more than ten thousand dollars."

    Sadly after being reported out of committee along with a host of other non-related bills died with no further action taken on 01/20/13.

    Not sure if it has been re-submitted for this session or not, I'll check.

  2. Thanks Dr. Rice!

    As always, a stellar contribution.