Court hearing opens into spectators attacking soccer refs

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) Witnesses are testifying before a judge in a Montevideo about an attack on two referees by spectators at a soccer match.

A male and a female referee were attacked on Saturday during a second division under-19 game between Basanez and Platense.

It led the Uruguay Football Association to cancel all organized football on Sunday as referees protested the violence by refusing to officiate.

Witnesses told Judge Julia Staricco it started after a kid threw rocks on the field with encouragement from his father. The female referee’s partner asked the kid to stop, leading to an argument with other spectators who punched and kicked the referees.

An attorney representing the country’s referees union, Fernando de Los Santos, says the officials suffered bruises to their bodies.