SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Springfield police have arrested a man they say punched and bit off part of the ear of a coach following a youth basketball game.

Police say the man attacked the winning coach as the Catholic Youth Organization teams of fifth- and sixth-graders shook hands at the end of the game Friday night at the Holy Name school. They said the coach needed treatment to reattach part of his ear.

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Authorities identified the alleged attacker Monday as 34-year-old Timothy Lee Forbes of Springfield, the losing team’s assistant coach. It’s not immediately known if he has a lawyer.

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Forbes faces three felonies, including mayhem and assault and battery, and a misdemeanor disorderly person charge.

One witness described the fracas as “a free for all.” A Springfield Diocese spokesman said neither team was affiliated with the church or school.

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