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Coach charged after incident at soccer game

COVINGTON — A Henry County teacher and coach faces charges of misdemeanor assault in Rockdale County after officials said he became upset with a referee’s calls in his daughter’s soccer game.

Michael Flake is a math and special education teacher who coaches ninth-grade football at Woodland High School in Stockbridge, according to the school’s website.

According to an incident report by the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, Flake’s daughter was playing in a soccer game at Rockdale Youth Soccer Association Soccerplex Feb. 1 when Flake became upset with the referee’s call against his daughter’s team.

“He became very demonstrative towards the crowd and the referees by cursing and giving the middle finger towards everyone in the crowd,” the report said.

A man from Covington, whose daughter also played on the soccer team, reportedly intervened and asked Flake to “refrain from the abuse in front of his daughter.”

Flake is accused of shoving the man in the face, leaving a cut, and ripping his shirt before leaving the area. Flake turned himself in to authorities last Thursday, and was booked into Rockdale County Jail before being released on bond about two hours later.

Woodland Athletic Director Lance Carter said Friday he could not comment on the allegations.

Henry County Schools spokesman J.D. Hardin said the district is aware of the situation, and is investigating it.