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Assault and/or Battery Against a Referee

 

DEFINITIONS

 

            1.  Assault is defined as an intentional threat by word or act to do violence to the person of a referee, coupled with an apparent ability to do so, and doing some act which creates a well-founded fear in such referee that such violence is imminent. 

 

            2.  Battery is committed when a person (a) actually and intentionally touches or strikes a referee against the will of the referee; or, (b) intentionally causes bodily harm to a referee.

 

B.  DURING THE COURSE OF THE GAME:

 

            1.  If such an assault and/or battery should occur during the course of the game, the referee along with the assistant referee shall immediately abandon the game and leave the field of play. 

 

            2.  The referee who is the victim of the assault and/or battery shall file with C.C.O. Soccer a written report concerning the action taken against the referee within twenty-four (24) hours of the incident.  A hearing with the Soccer Board shall be held within five (5) days of the receipt of the referee's written report. 

 

C.  ARBITRATION HEARING: 

 

            1.  Upon the convening of the Arbitration hearing, the referee's written report shall be prima facie evidence that the accused player, coach or assistant coach committed the assault and/or battery against a referee.  The burden of proof at this hearing shall be borne by the accused to rebut the prima facie case through presentation of competent evidence.  If the accused shall rebut the prima facie case, then the burden of evidence shall shift to the referee and the referee shall present evidence supporting the allegations made in the report.

 

            2.  If the accused does not appear for the Arbitration hearing or if the accused does not rebut the prima facie case against them or is determined after the presentation of such rebuttal to have committed an assault and/or battery against a referee, then the accused shall be suspended from participation in C.C.O. Soccer for a period of not less than one year nor more than ten years.

           

D.  SPECTATORS: 

 

           1.  In the event that a spectator is involved in an assault and/or battery against a Referee, and said spectator is a parent, guardian, sibling or relative of a player, coach or assistant coach then the disciplinary action will carry the following penalties: 

          

           a. The coach will receive a two game suspension and be placed on probation for the remainder if the seasonal year unless the spectator was a relative of the coach, in which case the penalties for accused coaches, as stated above, are applicable. 

 

           b. The player will be suspended in accordance with Section C. as discussed above.  In addition, the spectator who was involved in the assault/battery will be barred from membership in any capacity with C.C.O. Soccer Program.

 

           c. If the assistant coach is the acting head coach during that assault/battery, he/she would receive the penalty as stated for the coach. 

 

E.  REINSTATEMENT

 

            1.  Upon conclusion of the aforementioned suspensions, the individual serving the suspension must apply for reinstatement and permission to participate again.  Said renewed participation is subject to a vote by the Soccer Board.