Assault charge for WA Aussie Rules umpire bashing Print E-mail
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Friday, 13 August 2010 11:08

A 41-year-old father accused of assaulting a football umpire during a junior match has made a brief appearance in court.

The assault is alleged to have happened during the half-time break at an Under-14s match between Quinns District and Yanchep at Anthony Waring Oval in Western Australia last month.

Michele Galea, from Ridgewood, is alleged to have pushed over the umpire before punching and kicking him.

He was not required to plead to a charge of assault causing bodily harm when he appeared in Joondalup Magistrates' Court today.

His lawyer Alana Padmanavham requested a lengthy adjournment for "negotiations" but she refused to elaborate outside court.

Neither she or Mr Galea spoke to waiting media.

Mr Galea was acting as a boundary umpire for the Quinns Junior Football Club when he allegedly attacked Steve Clarke, 53, of Iluka, who was the field umpire.

Mr Clarke's injuries required medical treatment.

Mr Galea was representing Quinns football club when he volunteered to run the boundary and was a parent of one of the players.

The junior football league has banned Mr Galea for life from attending any WAFC or district-organised football matches.

Quinns Junior Football Club was also fined.

He is due to reappear in court on October 22.