Adult soccer referee raises his gun at a player after shooting a red card at him
PAULS VALLEY, Oklahoma (KFOR) – An adult football referee faces complaints for shooting a gun at supporters and a football player after an argument over a red card.
“When you recklessly shoot a gun at a crowd of people it is a miracle that no one has been hurt,” said Pauls Valley Deputy Police Chief Derrick Jolley.
Officers said referee Davi Bazeth pulled a red card at a player to eject him from the game last week.
“Hey! Hey! Hey!” a viewer said on video of the incident obtained by NewsNation affiliate KFOR before the shot was fired.
“The incident started to escalate, to heat up, [I] I believe there were pushes and pushes, ”Jolley said.
After the fight for the red card, the referee is seen on video leaving the field towards his brown Nissan van. Seconds later, Bazeth can be seen emerge with a weapon in his hand.
According to the police report, the player with the red card saw “Davi activate the action of the pistol, point the pistol in his direction and in the direction of the other spectators and players near the playing field, and fire a shot. gun”.
“It is very dangerous,” said the deputy chief. “It could have been a really bad situation. You have families there, you not only have spectators and adult players, but you have children in the area. “
Police said Bazeth got back into his truck, accelerated and left the fields in the dust.
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However, police said the referee did not go very far before he was arrested. Upon arrest, police said they got his .380 caliber pistol in his truck.
“Even small arms can still produce death,” Jolley said. “Completely reckless. “
Bazeth faces complaints for criminally pointing a gun.
According to court documents online, this is his first criminal offense.