Referee Brings Lawsuit over Beating at Youth Football Game in Sarasota

A youth football official, who suffered a fractured shoulder after he was beaten by coaches and players during an altercation at a youth football game at Riverview High School in August 2011, is suing the school district and three other organizations for damages.

The personal injury attorneys at Farah & Farah in Florida have found that the official and his wife, both residents of St. Petersburg, are seeking damages of more than $15,000 for injuries, hospital expenses, and lost income.

The melee occurred during a game between the Sarasota Gators and the North Port Husky’s when the official called a personal foul against one of the Husky’s players. A coach for the Gators apparently misunderstood the call and rushed on to the field. A scuffle ensued between the coach and the official, leading other Gator coaches and players to rush the official and to begin beating him.

After all was said and done, three of the Gator coaches and one player were charged with felony counts of battery on a sports referee. The team’s parent league, the Mid-Florida Football and Cheerleading Conference suspended the team.

One of the coaches was found guilty of battery charges and sentenced to six months of house arrest, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Along with the Sarasota County School District, the lawsuit is seeking damages against Gators Youth Football, the Mid-Florida Football and Cheerleading Conference, and Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company. The suit claims that the team and parent organization did not screen its employees properly; that the school district did not provide proper security; and that Mutual of Omaha is withholding legitimate medical expense benefits.

If you’ve been injured due to the willful or negligent act of another party, you have a legal right to seek compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages. Contact the Sarasota personal injury attorneys at Farah & Farah if you believe you have a case. Call us at (800) 533-3555 – or simply contact us online to set up a free, no-obligation consultation.