Man Allegedly Pushes Child, Kicks Referee During Kid’s Soccer Player

LOS ANGELES ( — Authorities say a Cathedral City man has been arrested for allegedly pushing a 9-year-old player to the ground before kicking the referee at a children’s soccer game in the leg.

The incident involving 38-year-old Rafael Delfin occurred about 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Thousand Palms Community Park, sheriff’s Sgt. Radek Horkel said in a department statement.

Authorities allege that Delfin, “ran onto the soccer field, pushed a nine-year-old player to the ground and kicked the referee in the leg because he disagreed with a call he made,” the statement said.

Riverside County sheriff’s Deputy Steven Favero told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO that Delfin was booked into the county jail in Indio on suspicion of committing battery on a child and battery on a referee.

“A nine-year-old juvenile was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The referee was not injured,” Favero said.

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