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DECATUR — A Decatur man was arrested after police say he yelled at the referee during a Decatur high school soccer game, invaded the field and knocked a cell phone out of the athletic director’s hand.

A sworn affidavit from Decatur police said the incidents happened Friday evening at Eisenhower High School and the 29-year-old man was taken into custody at 7:23 p.m. He was booked on a preliminary charge of committing aggravated battery to a school official in a public place; preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office.

The affidavit said the man kept yelling at the referee and then caused the game to be stopped after he stepped onto the field. The school’s athletic director then intervened and told the man to get off the field but he refused, police said.

“(The athletic director) advised he removed his phone from his pocket to contact police and (the man) then slapped his hand, knocking his phone out of his hand,” the affidavit added.

Later questioned by police, the man admitted drinking alcohol before the game and admitted slapping the phone out of the athletic director’s hand, although he said he never made contact with the director’s hand, the affidavit said. The man remained in the custody of the Macon County Jail Monday night in lieu of posting bail set at $7,500.

If he makes bail, he is ordered to stay away from the athletic director and Eisenhower High School.


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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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