Football referee assaulted during game

38-year-old from Bodden Town attacked

Two players from the Bodden Town Football Club attacked a referee during a match with the Academy Football Club on April 17.

The referee was transported to the hospital and police say he was later released.
Virgil Seymour, coach for Academy, said the referee gave red cards to two players from Bodden Town.

“Words were exchanged,” he said, “and some sort of altercation started.”

Mr. Seymour said he could not hear what was said from his position on the sidelines, but he did help pull the players back.

The match was on a Saturday evening at the Ed Bush Playing Field in West Bay.

Police confirmed that two players attacked the referee, a 38-year-old man from Bodden Town, after he sent the second player off the field.

Responding to questions by email, Detective Chief Inspector Raymond Christian said, “The player, a resident of George Town, apparently was not pleased with the Referee’s decision and threatened him.

“The player returned to the field later when the match was still on and attacked the Referee.” Mr. Christian continued, “Another player who was sent off the field by another referee and who is a resident of Bodden Town, joined in and they both assaulted the Referee.”

Police received a 911 call at about 8 p.m. April 17, but no one was arrested in connection with the incident, Mr. Christian said.

Academy coach Mr. Seymour said that some players think “the referee should be perfect. They can’t control their emotions.

“The referee is trying to do his best,” he said, adding that if any of his players attacked a referee they would be asked to leave the club.

Neither the Cayman Islands Football Association nor the Bodden Town Football Club responded to requests for comment by press time.