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Mother spat in 16-year-old referee's face and father grabbed him by the throat after he officiated in their son's UNDER 9S football match

Oksana Karaliova, 34, was sent off from the sidelines then spat twice in the young ref¿s face after the Under 9s match. Her husband Lazaro Garcia, 44 grabbed him by the throat after the final whistle

  • Oksana Karaliova committed sickening attack during children's game
  • Husband Lazio Garcia grabbed the teenager by the throat after match
  • The pair also subjected the youngster to a tirade of abuse
  • The victim has quit refereeing since his ordeal

A mother who spat into the face of a teenage referee at her son's junior football game has been convicted of assault.

Oksana Karaliova, 34, was sent off from the sidelines then spat twice in the young official’s face after the under-9s match.

Her husband Lazaro Garcia, 44, who also got a red card as he watched the game in Salford, Greater Manchester, grabbed him by the throat after the final whistle.

Oksana Karaliova, 34, spat into the face of a teenage referee after she disagreed with his decisions during an under 9s football game
Her husband Lazara Garcia also grabbed the 16-year-old by the throat

Oksana Karaliova, 34, spat into the face of a teenage referee after she disagreed with his decisions during an under 9s football game. Her husband Lazara Garcia also grabbed the 16-year-old by the throat

The couple, from Salford, were both angered by decisions made by the 16-year-old during the game - and subjected him to a tirade of expletive-laden abuse. They denied common assault but were found guilty after a day-long trial at Manchester magistrates court.

The shocking incident took place in November, during and after a junior league game between Barr Hill under-9s and Moorside Rangers under-9s at Barr Hill Playing Fields in Salford.

The court heard that the ugly scenes were witnessed by eight-year-olds and reported to police, who launched an immediate investigation backed by the Football Association.

Giving evidence the young ref, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the court he had been qualified for three years and that parents and the two clubs were fully aware of the FA’s Respect code of conduct and campaign.

He said trouble flared after a tackle he left unpunished because he believed the young player had slipped. Karaliova, a mature student at Salford University, began to hurl obscenities at him.

The teenager has now quit full-time refereeing because of the incident

The teenager has now quit full-time refereeing because of the incident

The court heard that the ugly scenes at Barr Hill Playing Fields were witnessed by eight-year-olds and reported to police, who launched an immediate investigation backed by the Football Association

The court heard that the ugly scenes at Barr Hill Playing Fields were witnessed by eight-year-olds and reported to police, who launched an immediate investigation backed by the Football Association

The teenager said: 'I walked up to the lady and said "what did you say?".

'She said ‘are you f****** serious? You are a f****** ******* and you do not know what you are doing.'

He told the court that he sent her off but she refused to go then lit a cigarette.

Karaliova, the ref went on, told him that she would be waiting for him at the end of the match and demanded that he gave her his contact details and his address.

'He grabbed me by the throat and at that point was threatening me and shouting at my face. 

'His wife came over my shoulder and spat in my face again.

'I didn’t know what they were going to do. I rang my dad straight away.'

- The teenage referee

 

The court heard Garcia, who works at the Lowry Hotel in Salford, was also sent off by the referee after he questioned his reasoning for giving his wife a red card, saying: 'Is this a f****** joke?'

The ref said: 'They had no respect for what I was doing. I felt really intimidated and I didn’t know what was going to happen at the end.

'I was on my own.'

The ref, now 17, said Karaliova approached him as he walked back to the clubhouse after the game and said "I have got something for you referee" before she spat in his face.

He said he tried to stop her walking off and Garcia approached.

The ref said: 'He grabbed me by the throat and at that point was threatening me and shouting at my face. His wife came over my shoulder and spat in my face again. I didn’t know what they were going to do. I rang my dad straight away.'

The teenager has now quit full-time refereeing because of the incident.

Marcus Corfield, a Moorside coach, said of Garcia: 'In all my years of football I have never seen anything like it.'

Giving evidence, the couple denied the attacks ever happened, but magistrates called their evidence implausible. They were released on bail and will be sentenced on June 2.

After the hearing, Manchester FA chief executive Colin Bridgford said: 'This behaviour has to be challenged throughout junior football and we all have to play our part in that.'



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Comment by Cee Gee on May 5, 2014 at 10:13am

Spitting on someone is straight disrespect....you can get your head taken off for that. 

Comment by Akeem on May 3, 2014 at 6:17pm

Send them to jail. They're out of order for that, especially in front of young children. This kind of thing happens too often, pushy parents at kids games; they dream & hope of their offspring turning professional so that they can get money, they don't have the child's interests at heart. These incidents have led to more serious assaults & death in the past, hopefully the judge will take this seriously.

Comment by Roots aka TJ What De Ras on May 3, 2014 at 9:09am
Dam too serious. I hope they both learn a valuable lesson.
Comment by Bombahdrop on May 3, 2014 at 12:11am
Y do they have last names if they are married. Anyway another case of parents embarrassing their son smmfh. That b**** looks like a trifling trick. You can tell that b**** is from Russia. I can't stand Russian women. She needs a nasty ghetto beat down while video taping her so she can feel embarrassed too. And that African trash of a husband only fed off her anger. She made that idiot react to her madness. So where is the son now that his sorry parents are in jail. I swear man when will they pass a law to tie b****** tubes up.
Comment by boss lady on May 2, 2014 at 10:03pm

really  it's a kids game not that serious, they need their asses whopped.

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