Texas Rangers Looking Into Soccer Referee Arrests

Texas Rangers are reviewing the actions of an Odessa officer after two soccer referees were arrested on charges of interfering with his police duties.

Sgt. Tommy Jones was off-duty and not in uniform at his son's soccer game Oct. 18 when some parents faced off on the field after the contest. Jones was among those adults and told by the referees to leave.

The 18-year department veteran, who says he identified himself as an officer, declined comment to KOSA-TV.

The officer's version of the story was on the Oct. 28 warrant that led to the referees being arrested Saturday. Both were later freed on bond and deny wrongdoing.

Chief Tim Burton, who says the warrant never crossed his desk until this week, didn't immediately return a call seeking comment Wednesday.

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