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VIDEO: HS football players suspended for hitting ref: report

A San Antonio football player who ran into the back of a referee watching a play and his teammate who then dove into the official after he fell have been suspended from the team and the school, according to local reports.

The Northside Independent School District confirmed the punishment Sunday, via San Antonio Fox affiliate KABB 29, two days after the allegedly premeditated attack took place during a 15-9 loss to neighboring Marble Falls.

NISD spokesman Pascual Gonzalez told The Associated Press that video of the incident was “extremely disturbing.” G

“It is not the good sportsmanlike behavior that we teach students,” he said.

Before the referee was hit, two Jay players had been ejected on separate plays.

The incident occurred with approximately a minute left in Friday’s game, according to Marble Falls coach Matt Green.

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Marble Falls was trying to run out the clock and called for a handoff toward the left side of the line of scrimmage, according to the San Antonio Express-News (http://bit.ly/1VGRHoA).

The penalties stemming from the incident gave Marble Falls a first down. John Jay lost 15-9.

The unsuspecting referee is about to get hit from behind by two players.YouTube

The unsuspecting referee is about to get hit from behind by two players.

Marble Falls coach Matt Green said John Jay coach Gary Gutierrez apologized after the game.

“I’ve coached 14 years and I’ve never seen anything like it,” Green said.

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Video showed the referee watching the play, and his head snapping back when he is leveled from behind. The other player then dove on top of him.

The referee was “very upset” and “wanting to press charges,” Austin Football Officials Association secretary Wayne Elliott told the AP.

Elliott said he was seeking guidance from the state officials association, adding, “the first thing we want is that those two kids never play football again.”

He declined to release the referee’s name.

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