Stockton police charge Baltimore coach with battery
BALTIMORE -- Baltimore Blast coach Tim Wittman has been suspended for the next two seasons by the Major Indoor Soccer League for putting a game official in a chokehold.
Wittman was also fined an undisclosed amount following a review and investigation, MISL commissioner Steve Ryan announced Monday.
Wittman had already been suspended for the remainder of this season, including the playoffs.
According to newspaper reports, Wittman put penalty box official Rob Plannette in a chokehold after Baltimore lost 8-6 to the California Cougars in Stockton, Calif., on March 18. A California player broke up the altercation, and Wittman was escorted off the field by his goalkeeper.
Wittman was charged with battery by Stockton police, The (Baltimore) Sun reported.
After the incident, defender Danny Kelly was named interim player-coach for the remainder of the 2005-06 season. The Blast defeated the Milwaukee Wave in the MISL semifinals and will face the St. Louis Steamers in the two-game championship series starting Friday.