ROSEVILLE, Calif. (KTXL) — A Sacramento man was banned from youth sports and will be serving jail time after tackling a referee at a Roseville soccer game in 2021, according to the Placer County District Attorney’s Office.
“This case serves as a reminder of the importance of common decency, particularly at youth sporting events,” the district attorney’s office wrote in a social media post.
On Tuesday, Vincente Robles Jr., 35, was sentenced to one year of formal probation, with 30 days in jail, ordered to attend anger management courses and pay restitution for lost wages of the victim, according to the district attorney’s office.
During a soccer game at Festerson Park in Roseville on Oct. 30, 2021, Robles tackled a referee and the assault was captured on video.
Robles Jr. was also banned from attending any youth events while awaiting the results of the case and will still remain banned for another six months.
Robles Jr. has been issued a no-contact order and must be at least 120 yards, the size of a soccer field, from the victim at all times for a year.
In a December 2021 interview with FOX40, soccer referee Andrew Reali said that he received a sprained thumb from the injury and not much more.
“He came out of nowhere,” Reali recalled during the 2021 interview. “I didn’t even he was coming. I had no time to react. Nothing.”
Reali said that he has been yelled at by players and parents, cussed at, screamed at and more, but this attack was something that had never happened to him before.
“I definitely hope justice is served to the max,” Reali said in the 2021 interview. “I hope this guy gets the max because I don’t want this to happen to anyone younger or even older than me. I want this to be a lesson for everyone.”