Referee Attacked By Fan During Youth Basketball Game In Lowell

BOSTON (CBS) – UMass Lowell Police are investigating an assault on a referee who was officiating at a 7th grade basketball tournament on Tuesday.

The game was being played at the UMass Lowell Recreation Center between Lowell Junior High and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Angry words about the ref’s foul calls led to one spectator tailing him into the lobby of the recreation center.

WBZ-TV’s Ken MacLeod reports

UMass Lowell Police Chief Scott Childs says the spectator punched the referee, knocking him to the ground, before fleeing the area. The referee, Mike Harrington, was not seriously hurt.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports

Police feel pretty certain some witnesses aren’t cooperating.

The tournament’s director told WBZ he didn’t want to talk about the incident until he got a briefing from police.


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