July 21, 2005: Headlines: COS - Peru: Sports: Soccer: Crime: San Francisco Chronicle: Youth leader pleaded no contest to charges he beat up referee Bruce Greenlee (RPCV Peru)

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Youth leader pleaded no contest to charges he beat up referee Bruce Greenlee (RPCV Peru)

 Youth leader pleaded no contest to charges he beat up referee Bruce Greenlee (RPCV Peru)

Alvarez refused to comment after the hearing. But his lawyer, Deputy Public Defender Juan Hernandez, told the court: "Mr. Alvarez wants me to say he apologizes for his actions. He says he should have known better. He accepts his responsibility."

Youth leader pleaded no contest to charges he beat up referee Bruce Greenlee (RPCV Peru)

Soccer coach sentenced to 30 days of service

Youth leader pleaded no contest to charges he beat up a referee

Kevin Fagan, Leslie Fulbright, Chronicle Staff Writers

Thursday, July 21, 2005

A former Richmond youth soccer coach was sentenced to 30 days of work service and ordered to attend anger management classes after pleading no contest Wednesday to charges he beat up a referee during a soccer game last fall for 8- and 9-year-olds.

Mauricio Alvarez, 33, was also told to write a letter of apology to his victim, 59-year-old referee Bruce Greenlee, and to pay restitution for the Nov. 20 attack at a school park in Albany. Greenlee suffered cuts over his eye when he was kicked and punched in a dispute over player credentials.

The two misdemeanor charges Alvarez pleaded to, battery on a sports official and battery on school grounds, each carried potential sentences of a $2,000 fine and a year in jail.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Carol Brosnahan, who sentenced Alvarez immediately after his plea, ordered the Berkeley man to stay away from Greenlee and to pay a $100 fine plus attorney's fees. The 30 days of public service he must do, minus one day's credit, will be performed with the county sheriff's work detail.

"The sentence is perfect, I am glad not to have to go to trial," Greenlee said Wednesday. "But I would hope there are also ways to make sure he doesn't go near a soccer field again."

Alvarez refused to comment after the hearing. But his lawyer, Deputy Public Defender Juan Hernandez, told the court: "Mr. Alvarez wants me to say he apologizes for his actions. He says he should have known better. He accepts his responsibility."

Greenlee said Alvarez attacked him after he forced Alvarez's team, the Richmond Cabritos, to forfeit the end-of-season tournament game to the El Cerrito Hurricane. The referee made the call after he asked for age credentials proving the players were all younger than 10, and Alvarez could not verify the age of his goalie.

Before Wednesday's hearing, Alvarez had claimed the flap was a case of mistaken identity and accused Greenlee of racial discrimination. Coming at a time when violent behavior at both professional and children's sports games is under particular scrutiny, the incident has drawn national attention.

E-mail the writers at kfagan@sfchronicle.com and lfulbright@sfchronicle.com.





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