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Man arrested after tackling referee following soccer match in Temecula

April 5, 2010 |  4:07 pm

 A 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of felony battery after tackling a referee following a soccer match in Temecula, authorities said Monday.

Charles Hayne was ejected during a match Sunday evening between two adult soccer teams at the Patricia H. Birdsall Sports Park, according to officials from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

The incident occurred after the two teams had begun to fight and the referee, Gaston Manrique, 50, ended the game with 20 minutes left in regulation time.

As Manrique was recording the final score on the field, Haynes tackled him. Manrique was taken to a hospital and was examined for possible spinal injuries, authorities said.

Haynes fled the scene before sheriff’s deputies arrived at the park. But police found him later at his residence in Canyon Lake.

He was arrested on suspicion of felony battery and battery against a sports official.

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