Police: Soccer player arrested after punching referee, kicking him in head

Nelson Aviles-Rolon, 33, became angry after losing match, victim says

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Police in Miami-Dade County have arrested a soccer player who was caught on camera kicking a referee.

According to a police report, 33-year-old Nelson Aviles-Rolon approached the referee and began insulting him following a soccer match on Jan. 8 at the Kendall Soccer Park located at 8011 Southwest 127th Avenue.

Police said Aviles-Rolon’s team lost the match.

According to the report, the victim said he had executed a red card violation on Aviles-Rolon and explained to him that the red card violation ejected him from the playing field and would suspend him for the next match.

Police said that’s when Aviles-Rolon punched the victim in the face, causing him to fall to the ground.

Aviles-Rolon then punched another official in the back of the head after he tried to intervene, and then kicked the initial victim in the head as he was on the ground, authorities said.

Aviles-Rolon was eventually restrained by another unknown player and then fled the scene before officers arrived, police said.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded and took the referee to a nearby urgent care for treatment.

On Tuesday, over two weeks after the incident took place, Aviles-Rolon surrendered to police.

He was taken to the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in northwest Miami-Dade and is facing multiple counts of battery.


About the Author:

David Dwork joined the WPLG Local 10 News team in August 2019. Born and raised in Miami-Dade County, David has covered South Florida sports since 2007.