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Correction: Referee Punched story


KISSIMMEE, Florida — In an Oct. 5 story about a referee being punched after a disputed call at a football game, The Associated Press erroneously described the suspect. The suspect described himself as a youth league coach, not a high school football coach.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Self-described football coach charged with hitting referee

Self-described youth league football coach charged with hitting referee after controversial call

KISSIMMEE, Florida — A man who described himself as a youth league coach is accused of hitting a referee after a disputed call, and he faces a battery charge.

The Osceola County Sheriff's Office said Monday that 36-year-old Leo Davis was arrested over the weekend.

Deputies say the referee was working a Central Florida Athletic Association game at Liberty High School in Kissimmee when he made a controversial call. Parents and coaches began arguing on the field, and officials say Davis hit the referee in the face before leaving the field.

The referee suffered minor injuries.

Davis told deputies he was trying to separate people fighting when he pushed the referee accidentally.

Deputies say video disputes that account.

Davis told deputies he was a coach but other witnesses said he was a parent.

Davis was being held on $1,000 bond at the Osceola County Jail. It wasn't clear whether he'd hired a lawyer to contact for comment.

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