Two cited for fracas at soccer match

Two teen-aged, Petaluma soccer players are facing criminal charges after a scuffle at a soccer game Sunday in Sonoma.

The game was between U-16 boys teams from Sonoma Valley Youth Soccer and Petaluma Youth Soccer at the Sonoma Valley High School soccer field. During the fracas, a Sonoma youth, who had been knocked to the ground, was kicked in the head and suffered a concussion, and a referee who went to check on the youth was pushed to the ground.

Sgt. Dave Thompson, with the Sonoma Police Department, said a 14-year-old male, from Petaluma, was cited for felony battery with serious bodily injury and battery on a person on school grounds, while a 16-year-old Petaluma male was cited for battery on a sports official and battery on a person on school grounds.

Thompson said police responded to a call about a group of people fighting at about 1:15 p.m. Sunday. But by the time police arrived, most of the people involved had left.

“We did find a 14-year-old youth who had been kicked in the head and had an ice pack on his head,” Thompson said. The youth was taken by ambulance to Sonoma Valley Hospital for treatment.

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