A San Antonio, Texas, school district suspended two football players after they reportedly tackled a referee during a game (video below).
In video of the game, the referee is watching the play. He is carefully observing the game when he is suddenly tackled by players from behind. Before the referee was hit, two other players had been ejected from the game on separate plays, reports The Huffington Post.
The event occurred with only one minute left in the game.
The John Jay High School team from San Antonio, Texas, was playing Marble Falls High School in Marble Falls, Texas, on Sept. 4 when the incident occurred.
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Apparently, Marble Falls was trying to run out the clock.
Northside Independent School District Athletic Director Stan Laing called the act “disturbing” and “inexcusable,” which is why he decided to suspend the players.
“It is not the good sportsmanship behavior that we teach students,” Pascual Gonzalez, a spokesman for the school district, said.
John Jay coach Gary Gutierrez apparently apologized for his team after the game, reports TheBlaze. Marble Falls coach Matt Green noted later that he’d never seen something like this in his 14 years of coaching.
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The referee who was tackled was apparently “very upset” and hopes to press charges against both players.
The district will hear from game officials, coaches and students during a due process hearing later in the week.
Video of the event has been viewed more than 4 million times.