Police: Bridgeport dad punched youth football coach in face at game in Wilton

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Police said a Bridgeport man was arrested Sunday after punching his child's youth football coach at a game at Wilton High School.

Police said a Bridgeport man was arrested Sunday after punching his child's youth football coach at a game at Wilton High School.

Bryan Haeffele / Hearst Connecticut Media

WILTON — Police say a Bridgeport man was arrested Sunday after punching his child's coach during a youth football game between Stamford and Wilton.

Michael Curry, 42, was charged with third-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace. He was released and is scheduled to appear Nov. 2 in state Superior Court in Stamford.

Wilton Police Lt. Gregg Phillipson said the incident occurred around 11:45 a.m. Sunday at a game involving players who were about 10 years old. According to the Wilton Youth Football and Cheer website, a game was played between Wilton and Stamford fifth-graders at that time at Fujitani Field.

Police did not say what team Curry's child was on. Curry could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.

During the game, Curry had an apparent disagreement with the coach and punched him in the face, Phillipson said. The coach did not report any injuries, Phillipson said. 

A similar separate incident occurred this month at a youth football game in Norwalk. Christopher Polk, 32, was accused of hitting his son's eighth-grade football coach with a helmet at Brien McMahon High School, police said.

The coach was sent to the hospital and suffered a concussion, police said.  

Polk was charged with two felonies — second-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor — and second-degree breach of peace. He has not entered a plea to the charges and has been released on bond. Polk is scheduled to appear Nov. 29 in state Superior Court in Stamford.

Liz Hardaway may be reached at liz.hardaway@hearst.com