JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- A Chattahoochee High School student was charged with battery after punching a soccer referee over what he believed to be a bad call.
It happened Apr. 29 after Chattahoochee High's varsity boys soccer play-off game against Milton High School.
According to an incident report from the Fulton County Schools Police Department, Milton was ahead 1-0 with only 90 seconds left in the game. As Chattahoochee's team moved the ball toward the goal, a Milton player stole the ball, then fell to the ground. A game official, 32-year-old Christopher Heintzman, threw a penalty flag against a Chattahoochee player.
Milton won the game. Moments after it ended, several students told school resource officer Richard Grant they saw the Chattahoochee player attack Heintzman. Another referee confirmed the student "punched (Heintzman) in the face with a closed fist," according to the incident report.