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Officiating Law Applies to Florida Attack

Dion Robinson, 43, a Florida youth football coach, was arrested on Monday after he was caught on camera hitting referee Andrew Keigans (view video) during a Saturday game between the West Park Saints and Miramar Patriots. Keigans told police the attack happened after he called an unsportsmanlike penalty against the Saints because Robinson made a derogatory comment on the sidelines.

Robinson was charged with battery on a sports official. It was reported that Robinson has previously been convicted on charges of assault with a firearm, aggravated assault and cocaine distribution.

Florida passed officials assault and battery legislation in 2004. It is one of 21 states that have specific assault laws to address those who attack sports officials.

Since 1984, when NASO first submitted model legislation regarding assaults against officials, members and legislators have used such models to construct their own legislative bills. If you are interested in pursuing officiating assault legislation in your state, click HERE to check out some steps you can take.

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