Crime & Courts

Police: Soccer player attacked during match in Downers Grove park


DOWNERS GROVE – A soccer player reportedly was attacked by members of the opposing team during a June 3 match at a Downers Grove park, according to a Downers Grove Police Department report.

The 36-year-old player was taken to Edward Hospital in Naperville where he told Downers Grove police he was attacked at about 1 p.m. during a match at Concord Square Park at Concord Drive and Springdale Avenue, the report stated.

The player said he competes for a team sponsored by Home Run Inn in the Regional Soccer Association, according to the report.

He said he and a player from the opposing team pushed each other in an effort to gain control of the ball. When the opposing team’s goalie got control of the ball, the alleged victim began to jog to the middle of the field, the report stated.

However, the opposing player allegedly approached him from behind and punched him in the head, according to the report. The victim reportedly grabbed the opposing player, placed him in a headlock and brought him to the ground, the report stated.

At that point, several players from the other team allegedly attacked the victim – punching and kicking him and scratching his face, according to the report. He could not identify the players who attacked him and did not know the name of the team for which they played, he said.

He said fights are a common occurrence in soccer games. He did not want to press charges, but police were contacted by hospital personnel.

The man had scratches on his face but did not appear to sustain any serious injuries, the report stated.