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Kenyan ref says coach assaulted him

April 22, 2013
By Associated Press

MOMBASA, Kenya -- A Kenyan soccer referee has filed a lawsuit, contending a coach ran onto the field to protest a call and grabbed his testicles -- an attack that he says left him impotent.

Referee Martin Wekesa is suing the national soccer federation, seeking $240,000 in compensation.

Wekesa says that after he ejected a player from a game last year he was attacked by Sparki Youth team players and then by Daudi Kajembe, a member of the coaching staff.

Wekesa says the coach "attacked me in my private parts. I was crying and could not get myself out from his hands." He says he was rescued by a police officer but slumped to his knees in pain before being taken to the hospital.

Kajembe is to appear in court in the coastal city of Mombasa on Thursday on a charge of assault.