A Texas highschool soccer workforce has been faraway from the playoffs as certainly one of its gamers faces an assault cost for operating onto the sphere and pulling down a referee.
On Thursday, Edinburg Excessive Faculty senior defensive lineman Emmanuel Duron slammed into referee Fred Gracia after Gracia introduced Duron had been ejected from the sport.
Based on The Monitor of McAllen, Duron was ejected after he acquired back-to-back unsportsmanlike conduct penalties when he shoved an opposing offensive lineman to the bottom, tried to deal with the quarterback after the whistle had blown the play useless and exchanged phrases with the 58-year-old Gracia.
On Friday, Duron, who was escorted from the stadium by law enforcement officials, was charged with Class A assault. He’s being held in county jail on a $10,000 bond.
The incident occurred within the first half of Edinburg’s 35-21 playoff victory. Regardless of the win, the workforce’s season is over.
“The district has determined to take away the Edinburg Excessive Faculty soccer workforce from the playoffs after an surprising incident involving a scholar that occurred throughout a soccer sport on December 3, 2020,” the Edinburg Consolidated Impartial Faculty District introduced Friday. “We prolong a honest apology to the referee and his household. On behalf of the Edinburg CISD Board of Trustees and administration, we apologize to the athletes, employees, and our faculty neighborhood.
“We’ll take the suitable disciplinary motion as soon as we perceive the info and circumstances underlining this incident. The district takes these issues very significantly; nevertheless, we can’t remark additional on a pending investigation.”
The College Interscholastic League condemned Duron’s actions, however accepted of Edinburg’s fast response.
“We applaud the Edinburg CISD administration for addressing this example swiftly and taking acceptable motion in eradicating themselves from the playoffs and for coping with the scholar concerned within the incident,” the UIL stated in an announcement.
The Texas Affiliation of Sports activities Officers introduced Friday it has begun its personal investigation, calling Duron’s hit on Gracia “one other vicious and deliberate assault … on a TASO Soccer Official by a participant who had simply been ejected from the competition.”
The District 31-6A Defensive Participant of the 12 months final season, Duron is also the Bobcats’ kicker and punter and a star wrestler.