A fight at a soccer game this week has led to fines and probation for two East Tennessee schools.
According to letters from the TSSAA to administrators at Clinton HIgh School in Anderson County and Central High School in Knoxville, the fight between players broke out during the final minutes of a match on May 5.
The letters say opinions differ on what started the fight with less that five minutes to go in the game, but it's a fact that multiple players from both teams were involved and that administrators, coaches, and officials were on the field trying to break it up.
"Regardless of what started the unsportsmanlike incident that occurred, there is no places for this type behavior at a high school athletic event. An incident reaching the level of causing officials to terminate the match is unacceptable," wrote Bernard Childress, Executive Director of the TSSAA.
The letter says that one player exhibited signs of a concussion after the fight, but no further injuries were mentioned.
Central's soccer team is suspended from the post-season tournament. In addition, the soccer program is being placed on restrictive probation for the rest of this season and next season, meaning they will not be eligible for post-season play or awards. They will also be on regular probation through May 7, 2016, and have to pay $3250 in fines.
Clinton's soccer season has already ended for the year, so any players required to serve a two-game suspension must sit those games out next year. The program will be on restrictive probation for the next two seasons, meaning they will not be eligible for post-season play or awards. They will also be on regular probation through May 7, 2016, and have to pay $3250 in fines.