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MT. OLIVE, Alabama --  A 55-year-old Mt. Olive man apparently upset over calls made by the umpire at a children's softball game was arrested Tuesday night after authorities say he bloodied the official's nose.

Spectator Darryl Keeton was charged with third-degree assault of a sports official, which is a Class C felony, said Jefferson County sheriff's Chief Deputy Randy Christian.

Deputies were called to the Mt. Olive ball park just before 8 p.m. on a report of an assault. The victim, whose name hasn't been released, told deputies Keeton was upset with his calls, and had been complaining and yelling about them.

The umpire told Keeton, who was there to watch his granddaughter, to be quiet or he would be ejected from the park. When the game ended and the umpire tried to leave the park, he said Keeton confronted him and said, "I am a grown man and you cannot speak to me like that."

Keeton, Christian said, then punched the official in the nose, cutting it across the bridge. An off-duty Birmingham police officer detained Keeton until deputies arrived.

Keeton was booked into the county jail with bond set at $2,000. He was released early today after posting bond.

The Class C charge of assault of a sports official is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.