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WPIAL Investigating After Brashear Coach Pulls Team Off Field Against Canon Mac

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Canon McMillan School District Superintendent Michael Daniels says that because the WPIAL is still investigating the incident, the district would have no comment.

But the issue is a soccer game between Canon McMillan and Brashear High School Tuesday night and why Brashear left the field at mid-game.

Just 14 minutes into the contest, Brashear coach Abby Phillips led the boys’ soccer team off the Canon McMillan field, forfeiting the game.

No comment from the Pittsburgh Public Schools so far; but in published reports, Phillips has been quoted as having concerns about how the game was officiated, the safety of her players and even accused Canon Mac players of making derogatory comments toward her players.

It’s an allegation denied by Canon McMillan.

But of immediate concern to league officials is the abrupt decision to take the players off the field. Sanctions could be imposed if its determined that other options were available.

“You can’t because of things not going your way, simply abort the contest,” said Tim O’Malley, of the WPIAL.

O’Malley says he can only recall this kind of thing happening three times before, and each time there was an opportunity for all sides to address the WPIAL.

They want input from the three referees and both schools. The full board next meets during the third week in October.

“The expectation when you take the field is to complete the game. And there are steps in place as it relates to one’s subjective opinion in regard to the officiating and how that may be taking place, and there’s a process in place that can provide feedback to influence that moving forward,” said O’Malley. “The fact that the officials may not be performing up to your expectation, that happens all the time.”

What’s likely to happen next is a hearing.

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