Youth soccer coach pleads no contest to battery charge

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Updated: 4/20/2014 9:49 am
   MINDEN, Nev. (AP) -- A Nevada youth soccer coach accused of striking a referee after a game has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor battery charge.
   East Fork Justice Tom Perkins banned 30-year-old Elizabeth Deaton from coaching youth sports for two years and from attending any youth sports activities for the rest of 2014 after she entered the plea Wednesday.
   The judge also ordered her to complete 48 hours of community service and to pay restitution.
   The Record-Courier of Gardnerville reports the volunteer referee testified Wednesday that Deaton rushed her, shouted obscenities and struck her in the chest after she nullified a goal made by the coach's team.
   The referee says she suffered a ruptured disc as she twisted away from Deaton, and it took a number of adults to get the coach under control before sheriff's deputies arrived. Deaton, whose team won anyway, coached children under the age of 10.
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