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Video shows young basketball players attacking referee, investigation underway

Police are investigating an incident at an amateur basketball game in Georgia after video showed several players attacking a referee on the court.

As the Telegraph reports, DeKalb County police have opened an investigation into the alleged assault by the youth basketball team and some parents present. The incident happened at Stronghold Christian Church on April 3, and when officers arrived at the scene, they spoke to the referee “who said he was assaulted by multiple suspects after the basketball game. “.

A video of the moment, first shared on Facebook, shows a group approaching the referee and at least one person throwing a punch. The group continues to walk up to the referee, at which point he is pushed and punched several times, with some assailants kicking him after he falls to the ground. As WSB-TV reported, the referee suffered injuries from the attack and was treated at a nearby hospital.

In a statement, the church said it did not organize the event but acknowledged the alleged assault was “really unfortunate”.

“We open our doors to serve our community and our goal is to provide an atmosphere of enjoyment,” said Senior Pastor Dr. Benjamin Gaither of Stronghold Christian Church. “Although we cannot control people, it is our hope and prayer that those who enter our facility will conduct themselves in the best manner.