VIDEO: Texas school district removes football team from playoffs after player tackles referee

Player charged with assault

HOUSTON – A Texas school district has made the decision to remove the Edinburg High School football team from the playoffs after a player assaulted a referee Thursday night during a game.

The incident occurred during a game between Edinburg High School and Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Early College High School in Edinburg, Texas. Edinburg is a border town near McAllen in south Texas.

The player that tackled the referee was identified as Emmanual Duron. He was ejected and escorted out of the game by police. Duron has been charged with assault causing bodily injury.

Check out the video from the incident here:

The Edinburg CISD released the following statement:

“The district has decided to remove the Edinburg High School football team from the playoffs after an unexpected incident involving a student that occurred during a football game on December 3, 2020. We extend a sincere apology to the referee and his family. On behalf of the Edinburg CISD Board of Trustees and administration, we apologize to the athletes, staff, and our school community.

“We will take the appropriate disciplinary action once we understand the facts and circumstances underlining this incident. The district takes these matters very seriously; however, we cannot comment further on a pending investigation.”


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