Memphis referee wanted for kicking player in face with metal cleats, police say

MPD is searching for a referee they say kicked a player in the face with metal cleats.
MPD is searching for a referee they say kicked a player in the face with metal cleats.(Memphis Police Department)
Published: Jul. 26, 2022 at 4:04 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A soccer referee is wanted by the Memphis Police Department after police say he assaulted a player.

The incident occurred during a soccer game being held at a soccer field on Bartlett Road on July 19.

At approximately 6:30 p.m., police say a player was fouled by another player, and the referee, 25-year-old Carlos Mldonado, was asked to address it. Police say Mldonado then became angry, pushed the player to the ground, and began kicking the player in the face with metal cleats.

After several players broke up the fight, the victim was taken to the hospital.

The victim suffered a broken nose, several loose front teeth, and severe bruising, police say.

Police have provided a picture of Mldonado.

Investigators ask that anyone with information please get in touch with Sgt. Grigsby at Appling Farms GIB at 901-636-4402.

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