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FATHER CHARGED IN ATTACK ON BOY AT FOOTBALL GAME

A 6-foot tall, 270-pound father attacked a 9-year-old football player who had blocked the man's son during a football game Sunday in Cheektowaga, police say.

The boy, who lives on Carlton Street in Buffalo, could not get up and complained of difficulty breathing and cloudy vision after the incident, police said.

He was taken by ambulance to Children's Hospital, where he was treated and later released. The boy's family told police he had suffered a concussion in the attack.

The encounter occurred at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday during a football game between the Warriors and Black Rock in Stiglmeier Park, according to Cheektowaga police.

Michael Campbell, 26, of Depew became upset when his son, who plays for the Warriors, apparently was blindsided by the 9-year-old Black Rock player, police said.

"The subject proceeded to run on the field, where he did strike the victim on the left shoulder, with both hands together, knocking the victim down," the police report states.

The injured boy, whose name was not released, was treated by the Southline Fire Department before being taken to Children's Hospital.

"It certainly appears to be another situation of a parent getting way too involved in a game children are playing," Cheektowaga police Lt. James Morath said.

Officer Dominic Albanesi charged Campbell with third-degree assault, a misdemeanor.

Campbell is scheduled to appear before Cheektowaga Town Justice Thomas S. Kolbert at 9 a.m. Sept. 24 in Town Court.

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