Referee says he was knocked out by coach during soccer game

El Paso News

A championship soccer game over the weekend ended with an unlikely injury. 

The teen referee at the U-9 Championship game played at the Westside Sports Complex Sunday afternoon said he was hit by a coach on one of the teams. 

Roberto “Robby” Eager is a Coronado High School soccer player who is also certified as a referee. He said the incident happened after the losing team’s coach became verbally aggressive. 

Eager said he did what his training would have called for him to do and ejected the coach, but the coach refused. That’s when Eager said he called the game two minutes before it was over and the coach allegedly hit him in the head.

“I had refereed all his games throughout the weekend, so he knows me,” said Eager. “I know him and everything had been fine. Even after I expelled him, he was being calm with me, he was being cool and I don’t know what happened to him that he decided to hit me.” 

Eager’s father Ricardo said his son received a concussion and fractured cheek bone. 

“[The score] was 2-0 and there was only two minutes left,” said Ricardo Eager. “There was nothing he could have done.” 

The father said he pressed charges with El Paso police. An incident was filed by someone at the game, but at last check was still not available. 

KTSM reached out to the accused coach, who has not been charged, and to the league, but did not hear back. 

Eager said he may not be able to play soccer for a couple of months due to his injuries. 

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