Virginia father accused of hitting his son’s youth soccer coach with a metal water bottle

A Virginia father has been arrested after he allegedly punched his son’s youth soccer coach over the weekend, leaving the victim with a black eye and a swollen face.

Blerand Hxoha, 45, was charged with malicious wounding after police say he used a metal water bottle to punch the coach’s face during a men’s soccer game in Manassas on Saturday, Fox5 reported.

Coach Vince Villanueva told the local Washington, DC area station that he didn’t know why the father attacked him, but he remembers that the team was losing before the beating that knocked him out.

“The father went to talk to the son and then when I went to get him and put him back in the game, I said ‘Are you okay?’ And he said, ‘No, it’s not,’ and he said, ‘Coach, can I talk to you?’ And from there it all went downhill,” he said.

Villanueva has never met Hxoha or her son before. He was filling in for a coach friend during a practice game with the Northern Virginia Soccer Club at George Hellwig Memorial Park when he was attacked, the station reported.

Coach Vince Villanueva said he didn’t know why the father attacked him, but he remembers the team was losing before the beating that knocked him out. Fox5DC
I had never met Hxoha or her son before.Villanueva said she had never met Hxoha or her son before the attack.Fox5DC

Some off-duty police officers at the game were able to move the children to a safe distance and defuse the situation, he said.

Villanueva, who is the head coach of the women’s varsity soccer team at Potomac Senior High School, said he never experienced such aggression in his decades of coaching.

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One of his eyes was still bloodshot, swollen and bruised and he had cuts across his nose and face as he spoke to Fox5 on camera on Monday.

Blerand Hxoha, 45, was charged with malicious wounding after police say he used a metal water bottle to punch the coach's face during a men's soccer game in Manassas on Saturday.Blerand Hxoha was charged with malicious wounding after police say he used a metal water bottle to hit the coach’s face during the soccer match. Prince William County Police Department

He said parents should let their kids be kids while playing sports and not take competition too seriously while trusting their kids’ coaches.

“Let them do their job and make it a fun environment for them,” Villanueva said. “Kids have enough stress in life with everything else in the world, but let them have that moment of a place to escape from.”

The trainer said he only learned the name of his alleged attacker after the attack.

Hoxha is behind bars without bail.

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