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After alleged assault, Prosser faces sanctions

10/29/2013, 4:45pm CDT
By Patrick Z. McGavin

Prosser faces sanctions after an unidentified boys soccer allegedly berated a referee with a profanity-laced tirade and threw two punches, striking the official at least once in the head in a regional final on Friday.

Prosser and an unidentified boys soccer player are subject to sanctions in the aftermath of an incident that marred a Class 2A regional championship game between the Falcons and Amundsen at Chicago Academy on Friday.

In a statement released Monday, IHSA executive director Marty Hickman called the player’s actions “deplorable.”

The player allegedly berated a referee with a profanity-laced tirade and threw two punches, striking the official at least once in the head. The apparent source of the player’s agitation was a no-call on foul in a match that was tied 1-1 in the 78th minute.

Play was halted as the official was tended to by medical personnel. According to the IHSA, the official declined to press charges against the alleged offender.

The IHSA credited the Vikings with a 1-0 forfeit victory when association officials were informed about the incident. Amundsen advances to the Class 2A sectional semifinals against host Ridgewood Tuesday night.

“This is a deplorable action that has no place in athletics at any level,” Hickman said in a statement.

Hickman also said sanctions against Prosser and the player will follow the IHSA’s review of the incident.

The bizarre finish to the game ended a breakthrough year for the Falcons, who were the No. 3 seed in the Ridgewood Sectional. Prosser won its pool play bracket and reached the quarterfinals of the Public League tournament. 

Amundsen is the sectional’s No. 11 seed.

Prosser principal Kenneth Hunter did not respond to an email inquiry.

Amundsen boys soccer coach Alex Perez, reached on his cell phone, declined on speak about the matter until receiving clearance from Amundsen principal Anna Pavichevich.

“I realize that across all IHSA sports, nearly all of our contests are played without incident,” Hickman said. “However, these types of actions are unacceptable. It  is especially troubling given what occurred in Utah.” 

Last April, a soccer referee working a youth league match in Taylorsville, Utah, died after being assaulted by a 17-year-old player in the match.

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