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Man attacks 9-year-old boy during youth soccer game, police say

Rafael Delfin SequedaA 38-year-old man upset with a referee’s call during a children’s soccer game allegedly stormed onto the field and attacked a 9-year-old player.

Authorities arrested the man on suspicion of battery on a child and battery for also allegedly assaulting the referee during the incident in Riverside County.

Authorities said Rafael Delfin Sequeda of Cathedral City was watching a children’s soccer game in Thousand Palms Community Park at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday when he got upset with the ref’s call and went on a rampage.

Sequeda “ran onto the field, pushed a nine-year-old player to the ground and kicked the referee in the leg,” according to a news release from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

The boy was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, officials said. The referee was not significantly hurt.

The circumstances of the referee's call that allegedly set Sequeda off were unclear. It was not known if his own children were playing in the game.

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-- Ari Bloomekatz

Photo: Rafael Delfin Sequeda. Credit: Riverside County Sheriff's Department

 
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