Soccer player charged for shoving referee

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) – A University of California, Santa Barbara soccer player is facing a criminal charge for shoving a referee and he’s been cut from the team. A county prosecutor says 23-year-old Peter Fergus McGlynn shoved referee Reed Christy from behind during Sunday’s soccer loss to UC Davis.

McGlynn was charged on Wednesday with misdemeanor battery against a sports official and he will be arraigned on Nov. 14. Head Coach Tim Vom Steeg was arguing with Christy when McGlynn assaulted the referee.

KEYT-TV says the fifth-year senior defender was arrested by university police officers on the field and led away in handcuffs.

McGlynn apologized on his Twitter page, saying he’s prepared to accept the consequences of what he called selfish and immature actions.

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