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Search Continues for Soccer Players Accused of Assaulting Referee

Two men punched the referee in the back of the head during a club soccer game Sunday at Joe DiMaggio Fields, Clearwater Police said.

CLEARWATER, FL -- The individuals believed to be involved are still wanted by authorities after they were originally misidentified, Clearwater Police said Sunday night.

Timothy Kerr, 31, and Dale Lewis, 33, are being sought by police after they allegedly assaulted a referee over a call during a club soccer game at Joe DiMaggio Fields.

Authorities had been originally looking for two men named Ramone Mitchell and Omar Anderson in a white Mercedes. The soccer league's rules require players to show an ID card, police said, but because the suspects provided false league cards, the league and teammates had inaccurate names for the players.

"At one point in the search for the suspects, police pulled over a white Mercedes but the names on the identifications given to police did not match the names of the two suspects," City of Clearwater spokesperson Joelle Castelli wrote in a media release. The suspects were released, and police are still working to relocate them.

Authorities said the referee fell to the ground after being punched Sunday and suffered serious shoulder injuries.

The referee, who has not been identified, was taken to a local hospital.

Rob Annesi July 23, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Unbelievable!!!! Is there no one that is immune to the Crazieness??? If the men that teach Sportsmanship, Fairplay, and maintain Saftey on the Playing Fields are getting attacked, What Kind of a Message are the Youth Getting?
David Rice July 23, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Just a game folks. I can't stand the calls the refs make either sometimes, but you tell him to get some glasses, not beat him up. Wow.
Don jr July 23, 2012 at 05:32 PM
This is an outlet for societies’ anger. It is a venue for the anger of society. Society is angry for many reasons with no healthy and productive way to release all the anger. Society has become bombarded with issues with each issue having at least three volatile perspectives and very little unbiased information available to form a clear opinion on any of the perspectives. "First comes anger" but now society has a very difficult time moving on from anger because before acceptance or understanding comes another issue with multiple perspectives. Our society has become enthralled in a belief system crossed between a bartender’s mentality and prison yard ethics. Morality is not the answer it is part of the problem with every minister, preacher and clergy man cashing in on the power of prayer and the ability of Jesus to save.
Al July 23, 2012 at 06:13 PM
When found they should be barred from playing.

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