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
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
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."