i thought soccer was a non-contact sport...
A 39-year-old soccer coach was arrested for assault when he rushed onto the field and punched a 12-year-old girl who'd scored two goals for the opposing team. However, he remains active in his coaching position despite having elbowed a 12-year-old in the stomach...the league mandates immediate suspension for officials who hit a referee, but there are apparently no penalties for hitting a player, because the league never anticipated it'd happen. "This is a bit of a precedent setter because we've never had a child assaulted," said the executive director of the soccer league. "We don't have any rules or procedures for it." The league has, however, scheduled a disciplinary hearing.