No assault charges filed against youth football coach

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Prosecutors declined to file charges Monday against a youth football coach arrested for allegedly assaulting a father on the opposing team because he believed the victim was trying to recruit one of his best players.

Saivaauli Savaiinea, 32, was taken into custody April 9 after the altercation at Lincoln High School. The incident happened during a National Youth Sports tackle football game between two Chula Vista teams in the 10-to-12- year-old age bracket.

Savaiinea bailed out of jail and was scheduled to return to court today, but prosecutors decided not to file charges at this time, said Steve Walker of the District Attorney's Office.

According to police, Savaiinea allegedly confronted the 32-year-old father, punched him in the shoulder and kicked him in the stomach.

The father fell and hit his head on the pavement and was taken to the hospital, where he underwent a CAT scan to assess the extent of his injuries. police said.

Several people at the game witnessed the incident, including parents and cheerleaders, and were interviewed by police, SDPD Officer Dan Christman said.

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