CEO of Youth Soccer Club Arrested for Sexual Battery

Last updated August 28, 2021 @ 8:58 AM ET

ATLANTA – The CEO of an Atlanta youth soccer club was arrested after a pair of bar employees told police he assaulted them while visiting with his daughter. The alleged assault was captured on the establishment’s security cameras.

Michael V Canzian, 53, of 457 Princeton Way NE in Atlanta, has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery.

Canzian is a blogger, Founder of Capital Mobility Ventures, and earlier this year, was named the Chief Executive Officer of the Atlanta Youth Soccer Association, also known as the Inter Atlanta FC, although their website has not been updated to reflect their most recent business filings with the Georgia Secretary of State.

Officer’s Narrative:
[Please note: The following is a direct transcription from the officer’s narrative report. We do not fix any spelling or grammatical errors. Any changes made by our staff are placed inside brackets.]

On April 10, 2021 at approximately 18:14 myself and officer first class Woods were dispatched to the [REDACTED BY AGENCY] located at [REDACTED BY AGENCY] in Athens Georgia, in reference to a potential sexual battery.

Upon arrival we met with the manager there, who identified herself as [REDACTED BY AGENCY]. She told officers one of the patrons had “cornered her” near the stairwell, grabbed her and kissed her neck. She also told officers, when this was happening, the man she identified as Michael Canzian, also pressed his hand against the upper area of her breast right before she pulled away.

[REDACTED BY AGENCY] was able to pull up video surveillance footage of the incident. When we viewed this footage we did observe Michael Canzian approach [REDACTED BY AGENCY] near the stairwell of the establishment. He did grab [REDACTED BY AGENCY] by the arms and kissed her neck. When viewing the video footage, [REDACTED BY AGENCY] was visibly uncomfortable. She appeared to turn her face away from Canzian and into her shoulder, as she pulled away, Canzian’s hand appeared to press against [REDACTED BY AGENCY] breast. When she was replaying the footage and describing the events to officers her voice became trembled and she became upset.

We spoke with another one of the employees of the establishment, who identified herself as [REDACTED BY AGENCY] She stated that Michael Canzian was very respectful when he first arrived at the establishment, but as he continued to consume alcohol, he became “looser” describing his demeanor as becoming more relaxed and overly comfortable while engaging with staff by physically touching the staff and whispering words in a different language she believed to be Italian in their ear.

[REDACTED BY AGENCY] told officers that Canzian was buying drinks for everyone, and was trying to get the waiting staff to drink with him but they refused.

[REDACTED BY AGENCY] described an incident where Canzian approached her, and another young women while they were sitting at the bar. He walked up behind them and wrapped his arms around both women. [REDACTED BY AGENCY] was sitting on the left, her coworker [REDACTED BY AGENCY] was sitting on the right. [REDACTED BY AGENCY] told officers when Canzian wrapped his arms around them, she felt Canzian’s left hand on the side of her breast as he grabbed.

When reviewing video at approximately 1812.30hrs is when Canzian grabbed [REDACTED BY AGENCY]. Officers were also able to view this incident on the video surveillance footage. Canzian did appear to wrap his arms around these two women and Canzian’s hand did appear to touch the side of [REDACTED BY AGENCY] left breast. In the footage officers observed [REDACTED BY AGENCY] recount the experience to her coworker shortly after Canzian walked away from the bar.

The staff informed officer’s that Canzian was there with his daughter and his daughter’s friends. According to statements made by staff, the daughter and her friends repeatedly apologized for Canzian’s behavior. One of the daughter’s friends had described the behavior as “creepy”.

Before being placed under arrest Canzian had settled the tab he had open at the bar of the establishment. Canzian had tipped one thousand (1,000) dollars. [REDACTED BY AGENCY] stated she believes this was supposed to be “hush” money. The receipt was shown to officers.

Canzian was barred from the [REDACTED BY AGENCY] located at [REDACTED BY AGENCY] for a period of two years. This barring was authorized by the manager [REDACTED BY AGENCY]. A barring form was completed. Canzian was notified of his barring from the establishment for a period of two years. He acknowledged the barring. It was at this point Canzian was instructed to place his hands behind his back. He was informed that he was being placed under arrest for two counts of sexual battery.

This incident was recorded on the Axon flex 2 camera [This will be made publicly available after the criminal case is closed].