Youth coach accused of attacking parent

BY foxsports • April 9, 2011

A San Diego peewee league football coach allegedly attacked a parent during a game because he thought the parent was trying to recruit one of his players, KSWB-TV reported late Saturday.

Police said youth coach Saivaauli Savaiinea, 32, punched and kicked Mark Cannon, 32, during an argument Saturday at a playing field in Lincoln Park, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Savaiinea attacked Cannon because he believed that Cannon was trying to recruit one of his best players for another team, according to KSWB.

Cannon tripped and fell, and was knocked unconscious when he hit his head on the ground. He was taken to hospital but his condition was not immediately known.

He underwent a CAT scan Saturday to assess his injuries, KSWB reported. Police said he was conscious and able to speak.

Cops called to the scene detained Savaiinea on suspicion of felony battery, Officer David Stafford told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Children from the ages of nine to 12 play in peewee football leagues.

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