Youth soccer coach accused of punching player in postgame fight
A Conejo Valley United youth soccer coach was arrested following a Monday evening game after he allegedly punched a 16-year-old player in the face, police said.
A shoving match broke out after the 5 p.m. game, held at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center between teams from the Conejo and Antelope valleys, according to the Simi Valley Police Department. Bart Allen, the 47-year-old Conejo Valley United coach, was accused of running onto the field and throwing punches.
Witnesses told police Allen hit a 16-year-old Antelope Valley player during the fray, "causing a significant injury to his nose and cheek," authorities said. The teenager was the only person injured.
Allen admitted he threw punches during the fight but said he didn't hit any of the players, police said.
He was arrested on felony charges of battery and corporal injury to a child and booked in the East Valley Jail. No other arrests were made.
According to Conejo Valley United's website, Allen, who lives in Westlake Village, is a trainer and coach for a 16-and-under team.
— Kate Mather