SIMI VALLEY (CBSLA.com) — Authorities say that two teams followed up a soccer game with a fist fight in Simi Valley Monday.
“The players started yelling at each other and then apparently got into a shoving match,” according to Sgt. Craig Dungan of the Simi Valley Police Department.
Witnesses told police that, instead of trying to break up the fight, one of the coaches joined in the brawl.
Police were called and they arrested 48-year-old Bart Allan, a coach with the Conejo Valley United Soccer Club
“[Allan] interjected himself and started throwing punches, ultimately hitting a 16-year-old, causing significant injury to his cheek and nose,” Dungan said.
The coach allegedly hit a player from the Antelope Valley team. The teenage player later sought medical attention, police said.
“He admitted to throwing punches, but he stated, specifically, that he did not strike a juvenile,” Dungan said.
Allan’s mother-in-law declined to give comment at his Westlake Village home.
A club representative from Conejo Valley United told CBS2/KCAL9 in a statement:
“We are deeply concerned by the allegations made against one of our coaches and are working aggressively to determine what happened. Pending the results of these investigations we have suspended the coach in question from all activities.”
“You would really hope they would be a model for our kids,” Simi Valley resident Heather Cole said.
Cole’s son used to play soccer in a youth league. She said she can’t believe what happened.
“That’s very upsetting. You would hope these parents that are volunteering have the right intentions,” Cole said.
Dungan asked that anyone with video of the incident to call the Simi Valley Police Department.
Allan was released Tuesday from jail on bond. His arraignment was scheduled for next week.
Police said no one else was injured and no other arrests were made.