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Caught on camera: Little league coach hits referee

A little league football assistant coach could be facing assault charges after he was caught on video punching a referee during a game in West Park over the weekend, police said Monday.

The incident happened Saturday evening during a game between the West Park Saints and Miramar Patriots at Mc Tyre Park at 3501 Southwest 56th Avenue, according to a Broward Sheriff's Office report.


According to the report, referee Andrew Keigans gave the Saints a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct after one of the assistant coaches made a derogatory comment from the sidelines.

After he threw the flag, Keigans turned around and bumped one of the players and moved the player to the side to talk to one of the other referees, the report said.

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The assistant coach, who disagreed with the penalty, barged the field and confronted Keigans as he was held back by head coach Antonio Lane, the report said.

Because the assistant coach left the sidelines and entered the field of play to confront Keigans, the head referee decided to end the game, the report said.

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At that point, the entire coaching staff and parents of the young players ran onto the field to confront Keigans. As Keigans started walking off the field, the Saints' assistant coach ran towards him and slapped him on the face with his left hand.

The slap sent Keigans to the ground and knocked his hat off. The entire incident was captured on a video posted to YouTube.

The assistant coach was later identified as 43-year-old Dion Robinson. He hasn't been arrested yet but could face an assault charge, the BSO said.

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