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Player charged with hitting a referee over foul call during soccer game in Berks

A Reading man is facing a criminal charge after state police said he admitted hitting a referee because he was upset over the official’s foul call during an indoor soccer game early this winter.

Juan C. Aguilera-Mora, 42, waived a preliminary hearing Feb. 28 before District Judge Steven M. Chieffo in Oley Township.

Aguilera-Mora remained free to await further court action on a charge of assault on a sports official.

State police at Reading filed the charge Jan. 30.

According to the probable cause affidavit:

On Dec. 31 shortly before 4:30 p.m., Trooper Julio Trejo was dispatched to East Coast Sports Academy on 2816 Old Pricetown Road in Alsace Township for a 911 hangup call.

He spoke to the man described as the victim. The man said he was refereeing an indoor soccer game when he called a foul that upset some of the players. Aguilera-Mora, who was a player in the game but not involved in the foul, came up to him and smacked him on the left side of his face.

The referee said he immediately gave Aguilera-Mora a red card, expelling him from the game.

Aguilera-Mora left the scene, but not before the referee recorded his license plate.

The trooper drove to Aguilera-Mora’s residence of the 1300 block of Perkiomen Avenue to get his version of the incident.

Aguilera-Mora said he was playing soccer when the referee made a bad call. He said the referee has a history of being condescending and nasty. Aguilera-Mora said he became upset and smacked the official.

The trooper told him that he would be charged.

Source: Berkshire mont

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