- Associated Press - Saturday, May 7, 2016

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say a soccer referee was charged with public intoxication after he urinated behind the stands at halftime of a high school game.

Greenville Police said 37-year-old Gregory Cooper told officers he didn’t think anyone could see him. The officers say they could smell alcohol on Cooper’s breath and his speech was slurred.

Cooper was a referee for the 1-A boys playoff game Thursday between Christ Church Episcopal School and Dixie High School.

Dixie High coach Brian Gamble told The Index-Journal of Greenwood (https://bit.ly/1WglOqr ) that Cooper urinated right by his bench. He says Cooper appeared condescending and unfocused, but he didn’t blame the referee for his team’s 5-0 loss.

Gamble says he told his players that Cooper’s actions show how a bad decision can cost someone for a long time.

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Information from: The Index-Journal, https://www.indexjournal.com

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