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Referee attacked over call in Clearwater club soccer game, police say

CLEARWATER — Two soccer players angry over a call punched the referee, fled and then slipped away from police thanks to false identification cards, police said.

The two men — Timothy Kerr, 31 and Dale Lewis, 33 — punched 43-year-old referee Rafael Serrano in the back of the head Sunday after Serrano made a call they disagreed with, according to Clearwater police.

The attack happened about noon during a club soccer game at Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex, 2450 Drew St., police said. Kerr and Lewis then fled the complex in a white Mercedes Benz.

Police pulled over a white Mercedes later Sunday with two men fitting Kerr's and Lewis' descriptions. There was a problem, though: The men weren't the suspects police were looking for. Kerr and Lewis had given fake names on league cards, according to Clearwater spokeswoman Joelle Castelli.

Police were still trying to relocate Kerr and Lewis Sunday evening, Castelli said. The men could face charges of aggravated battery.

Serrano suffered serious injuries to his shoulder, Castelli said, and was taken to a local hospital.

Referee attacked over call in Clearwater club soccer game, police say 07/22/12 [Last modified: Monday, July 23, 2012 12:31am]
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