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Man arrested at kid's soccer game for battery, prompted by ref's call

Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Rafael Delgfin Sequeda, 38, was arrested Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 for allegedly pushing a 9-year-old soccer player.

Rafael Delgfin Sequeda, 38, was arrested Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 for allegedly pushing a 9-year-old soccer player. (KABC Photo)

A 38-year-old man was arrested on a battery charge Saturday during a children's soccer game in Thousand Palms.

The incident occurred at Thousand Palms Community Park around 11:30 a.m.

Riverside County Sheriff's Department said Rafael Delfin Sequeda of Cathedral City "ran onto the field, pushed a nine-year-old player to the ground and kicked the referee in the leg" after he became upset with the ref's call.

Sequeda was arrested for battery on a child and battery on a referee.

The 9-year-old was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

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