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Central Florida high school football coach accused of attacking referee

Leo Davis arrested on battery charge

Video shows a referee being hit in the face.
Video shows a referee being hit in the face.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – A Central Florida high school football coach was arrested on allegations of punching a referee in the face after a disputed call.

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Leo Davis, 36 was arrested in Osceola County over the weekend on charges of battery on a sports official.

The Osceola County Sheriff's Office said Monday that the referee was working a sophomore league game at Liberty High School in Kissimmee when he made a controversial call. Several parents and coaches began arguing on the field, and Davis hit the referee in the face before leaving the field, deputies said.

Leo Davis.
Leo Davis.

Video recorded from the stands shows a man identified by deputies as Davis throwing a left hook and knocking the referee to the ground.

The referee suffered minor injuries.

Davis told deputies that he was trying to separate people who were fighting when he pushed the referee accidentally.

Davis was released from jail after posting a $1,000 bond.