AL man charged after altercation with soccer referee - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

AL man charged after altercation with soccer referee

Posted: Updated:
The altercation occurred back in April, but the 27-year-old was only recently arrested and charged. The altercation occurred back in April, but the 27-year-old was only recently arrested and charged.
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Meth found in Decatur motel; 3 arrested

    Meth found in Decatur motel; 3 arrested

    Saturday, August 23 2014 12:12 AM EDT2014-08-23 04:12:29 GMT
    On Aug 20 The Decatur Police Department's Patrol Devision responded to a 911 call at a local motel. The call was received from an undetermined room.After further investigating, the people in the room were identified as William Alfonso Swopes and Amanada Morrow. Officers soon discovered that Swopes had an active felony warrant in Ohio.Officers confirmed Swopes' warrant and gathered information that James Daniel Sapp Jr. was going to arrive with an amount of methamphetamine.More >>
    On Aug 20 The Decatur Police Department's Patrol Devision responded to a 911 call at a local motel. The call was received from an undetermined room.After further investigating, the people in the room were identified as William Alfonso Swopes and Amanada Morrow. Officers soon discovered that Swopes had an active felony warrant in Ohio.Officers confirmed Swopes' warrant and gathered information that James Daniel Sapp Jr. was going to arrive with an amount of methamphetamine.More >>
  • Huntsville school board member named in civil suit by former employer

    Huntsville school board member named in civil suit by former employer

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:51 PM EDT2014-08-23 00:51:13 GMT
    Mike Culbreath is accused of conspiring with James Packard, a competing developer, to convince potential tenants to choose a competing development in the City of Huntsville.More >>
    Mike Culbreath is accused of conspiring with James Packard, a competing developer, to convince potential tenants to choose a competing development in the City of Huntsville.More >>
  • WAFF48 Anchors take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    WAFF48 Anchors take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Mark Thornhill and Kim Essex took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.Mark Thornhill and Kim Essex took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
    WAFF48 News Anchors Mark Thornhill and Kim Essex took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.More >>
    WAFF48 News Anchors Mark Thornhill and Kim Essex took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.More >>
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Huntsville Police arrested a North Alabama man accused of confronting a soccer referee in the middle of a match.

Rony Francisco Lopez Maldonado is charged with harassment of a sports official.

According to Huntsville Police, a referee called a foul on Maldonado in the middle of a match. Police said Maldonado wasn't happy with the call, and that's when things got out of control.

Maldanado ran up to the referee and struck the referee's chest with his body. The altercation occurred back in April, but the 27-year-old was only recently arrested and charged.  

WAFF 48 News stopped by the Merrimack soccer complex Wednesday afternoon. Both league officials and park leaders said WAFF was the first to alert them to the altercation and arrest.

The league has a zero tolerance policy for any kind of violence and players are not allowed to physically touch any of the referees before, during, or after any matches.

Maldonado is no longer listed as an inmate in the Madison County Jail. His next court appearance is scheduled in June.

Copyright 2013 WAFF. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

1414 North Memorial Parkway
Huntsville, AL 35801
256-533-4848

WAFF Is a Proud Member
of the Raycom Family of Stations


FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WAFF. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.