Soccer player convicted of assaulting referee with..... soccer ball

A Sherbrooke judge has convicted a 35-year old man of assault causing injury and assault with a weapon following a confrontation with a men's recreational soccer league referee.

Court was told that the match in June of last year had become heated and involved several expulsions.

At half-time the referee advised both sides to  calm down, but the rough play continued and he called the game with 38 minutes left in regulation.

Players from both teams then surrounded him to protest the decision at which point he was struck in the head with a soccer ball and suffered a concussion and whiplash.

The Journal de Montreal reports pre-sentence arguments for 35 year old Ruben Dario Meza Lazaro will begin September 10.