KISSIMMEE, Fla. – A central Florida high school football coach is accused of hitting a referee after a disputed call, and he faces a battery charge.
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that 36-year-old Leo Davis was arrested over the weekend.
Deputies say the referee was working a sophomore league game at Liberty High School in Kissimmee when he made a controversial call. Parents and coaches began arguing on the field, and officials say Davis hit the referee in the face before leaving the field.
The referee suffered minor injuries.
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Davis told deputies he was trying to separate people fighting when he pushed the referee accidentally.
Deputies say video disputes that account.
Davis was being held on $1,000 bond at the Osceola County Jail. It wasn’t clear whether he’d hired a lawyer to contact for comment.