Chicago Teen Punches Soccer Official During Game

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013  |  Updated 10:39 AM CDT
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Chicago Teen Punches Soccer Official During Game

A 17-year-old Prosser Career Academy soccer player allegedly punched an Illinois High School Association soccer official during a class 2A regional playoff match at Chicago Academy, officials said.

A 17-year-old Prosser Career Academy soccer player allegedly punched an Illinois High School Association soccer official during a class 2A regional playoff match at Chicago Academy, officials said.

Police were called to the school around 5:30 p.m. Friday in response to a disturbance at a soccer game, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada. The teams playing during the game were Amundsen and Prosser Career Academy.

Police said the teen player punched the 47-year-old referee officiating the soccer game. He was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery charges and was released to his parents later in the night, Estrada said.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the teen became agitated when Ramrez did not call a foul on an opponent late in the match. The student reportedly began screaming and swearing and threw two punches at the official.

Amundsen was awarded a 1-0 victory in the match, according to the IHSA website.

"[Chicago Public Schools] is deeply disappointed in the actions of the student in question, which do not reflect the values of the District or those we teach our student-athletes,” CPS said in a statement. CPS has taken steps to discipline the student in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct."

CPS said all student-athletes and coach must attend mandatory sportsmanship training beginning with the winter sports season and added that Prosser has voluntarily withdrawn the Varsity Boys Soccer team from any IHSA postseason competition.
 

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