Indiana Youth Football Coach Allegedly Accused Of Punching Referee

BEECH GROVE, Ind. – A youth football coach was charged with battery and banned from coaching Saturday after allegedly beating a referee in Beech Grove.

The 37-year-old coach, James Gann ran out onto the field after his son was hurt during a play.

WBBM’s Mike Krauser

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A referee was checking on the boy, when Gann shoved him out of the way. The two argued; and after the referee ejected him from the game, Gann punched the 60-year old multiple times, knocking him to the ground.

Police responded to a call of a fight at the 1200 block of Main Street, in Beech Grove around 5:14 p.m. When they arrived they spoke with the coach, referee and multiple witnesses.

“There is absolutely no excuse for a human being to hit another human being under any circumstance, especially at a Pee Wee football game, that is ridiculous,” Dennis Buckley, mayor of Beech Grove told CBS 4 Indianapolis.

The youth football players were no older than 3rd grade.

The referee told police the coach stood over him, taunting him. Gann was taken into custody and charged with battery with injury.

CBS 4 tired reaching Gann by phone and in person at his home, he did not respond.

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