Referee hit with beer cup at Atlanta United match; fan from Marietta charged

Kyle Bachmeier (Credit: Fulton County Sheriff's Office)

Kyle Bachmeier (Credit: Fulton County Sheriff's Office)

A fan was arrested during the Atlanta United match Tuesday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium after a referee was injured by a beer cup that was thrown from the stands, police said.

Kyle Bachmeier, 40, of Marietta, was booked into the Fulton County jail on a simple assault charge in connection with the incident, jail records show. He was released on a signature bond.

The referee, Armando Villarreal, “sustained injuries to his face from the assault,” according to the police report.

The incident happened with almost 60 minutes elapsed in the match, won 3-2 by Minnesota United.

According to Bleacher Report, Minnesota was ahead 1-0 when Atlanta goalkeeper Kyle Reynish came out of his area and tackled Abu Danladi. Villarreal went to check the replay to determine what action to take when an object came out of the crowd and hit him on the head.

“While walking towards the goal line, a plastic cup filled with beer was thrown from the lower level seating section striking Villarreal in the face,” according to the police report.

On Thursday, Major League Soccer banned Bachmeier from attending league matches, the organization said in a statement.

“MLS has no tolerance for this type of behavior or any behavior that threatens the safety of players, coaches, referees, staff and fans.”

Villarreal was treated by paramedics at the scene, police said.

“An arrest has been made and criminal charges have been filed regarding the incident at last night’s Atlanta United match,” Atlanta United said in a statement. “Our club is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all fans, players, officials and guests at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Disrespectful, reckless or dangerous behavior will not be tolerated at Atlanta United matches.”

It was Atlanta United's first loss at Mercedes-Benz Stadium this season.

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