High school football team's season forfeited after star player roughs up referee


A Texas school district has called off the remainder of its high school football team's season following a shocking episode that ended with a star player escorted out of a game by law enforcement.

Edinburg School District in Texas, just north of McAllen, made the announcement on Friday in the wake of Edinburg High star defensive lineman Emmanuel Duron bowling over a 58-year-old referee during the team's Thursday night game against Pharr-San Juan-Alamo.

Duron, who was named player of the year in his district last season, was reacting to his ejection from the postseason game by the referee for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Addressing the incident in a statement on Friday, the school district offered a "sincere apology" to the official, and said the high school's postseason run was over, according to Amanda Atwell of CBS 4 Rio Grande Valley.

"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 underlying this incident. The district takes these matters very seriously; however, we cannot comment any further on a pending investigation."

It was unclear whether the investigation that the statement referred to was being handled by the authorities or merely the school district.

The referee who was decked by Duron was evaluated in an ambulance for concussion symptoms and appeared to be OK, reports aid.

Photos in local outlet The Monitor showed armed police officers escorting Duron out of the school's stadium.