Alvarez pleaded no contest to two charges

Updated: July 21, 2005, 1:09 PM ET
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Calif. -- A former soccer coach who beat a referee bloody during a game for 8- and 9-year-olds was sentenced to 30 days of work service and ordered to attend anger management classes.

Mauricio Alvarez, 33, pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor charges, each carrying a potential sentence of a $2,000 fine and a year in jail.

Alvarez must also write a letter of apology to Bruce Greenlee, 59, who suffered cuts over his eye in the Nov. 20 attack. The referee had forced Alvarez's team to forfeit an end-of-season game because he had no proof that one of his players was younger than 10.

Judge Carol Brosnahan ordered Alvarez to stay away from Greenlee and pay a $100 fine plus attorney's fees.

"The sentence is perfect," Greenlee said Wednesday. "But I would hope there are also ways to make sure he doesn't go near a soccer field again."

Alvarez refused to comment after the hearing. But his lawyer, Juan Hernandez, told the court: "Mr. Alvarez wants me to say he apologizes for his actions. He says he should have known better. He accepts his responsibility."

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