Texas HS football player suspended from future games after ref attack

EDINBURG, Texas (KTRK) -- A Texas high school football player who ran onto the field and blindsided a referee who had ejected him from a game has been suspended from all sanctioned activities, including football, for the remainder of the school year, a University Interscholastic League panel ruled Monday.

UIL said Edinburg High School senior Emmanuel Duron's punishment was for violation of prohibited interaction with a sports official tied to the incident during a Dec. 3 game.

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Jeff Ehling breaks down everything leading up to the moment Edinburg high school football player Emmanuel Duron attacked a 58-year-old referee during a game.



The governing body also punished Edinburg High School and head football coach J.J. Leija, who was placed on probation for the 2021-2022 school year.

Edinburgh's athletic department was placed on probation for two years.

Duron, a high school senior who played defensive line, was arrested for the hit, charged with class A assault, a misdemeanor.

According to officials, Duron came running from the sideline area after the referee had announced the ejection, slamming into the official during the first half of the zone play-in game against Pharr-San Juan-Alamo in Edinburg, which is located more than 200 miles south of San Antonio.

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Duron was escorted from the stadium by police officers. The Monitor of McAllen reported the referee, who the newspaper identified as Fred Gracia, was evaluated for a concussion and a shoulder injury by medical personnel at the stadium.

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As a result of the assault, the district removed Edinburg High School's football team from the playoffs.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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