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Fight between peewee-football coach and player's father might be tied to recruiting

April 10, 2011 |  8:44 am

A confrontation between a a 32-year-old peewee-league football coach and the father of a player left the coach under arrest and the father with injuries, San Diego police said.

Police said the coach, Saivaauli Savaiinea, punched and kicked Mark Cannon, 32, on a playing field in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Authorities told Fox 5 San Diego that Savaiinea thought Cannon was trying to recruit one of his players.

Cannon fell to the ground and hit his head on concrete. He lost consciousness and was taken to a trauma center with head injuries. Police did not have information about his condition Saturday night.

Savaiinea was booked into county jail. Peewee football teams are for players 9, 10 and 11 years old, and smaller 12-year-olds.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

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