By Bob Allen

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Seven players and their coach were ejected when a fight broke out at a high school football game.

They’ll sit out at least one more game.

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New Castle fans said it was insulting and disrespectful. The video shows Central Valley Warriors running to the middle of the field, landing on the home team logo. Central Valley School Superintendent Nick Perry explains what happened.

“We followed the direction of the referees who took us out of the locker room and told us, they say the left of the band,” said Perry.

WPIAL Executive Director Tim O’Malley says the board is investigating the resulting brawl and will decide who was at fault. But he says the video supports Central Valley’s claims.

“One thing the video does fairly clearly depict is at the time, prior to the game, the New Castle team’s on the field, the Central Valley team comes onto the field and at the time that they come on the New Castle band appears to still be on the field on Central Valley’s sideline,” said O’Malley.

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New Castle fans and players accused the visiting team of stomping and spitting on the hurricane logo.

“In my heart of hearts, I do not believe that our students were stomping on the logo. We would never condone our kids not having good sportsmanship, that’s not the program we run,” said Perry.

Meanwhile, O’Malley says it appears the referees responded correctly when they ejected seven New Castle players and the coach from the game. While the ejections are also being investigated under PIAA rules, the suspended coach and players are banned from participating in next week’s game.

No Central Valley players were kicked out of the game.

“That’s reality, that’s what occurred and again that may be a question that would be posed to the game officials, if in fact they come in to be heard,” said O’Malley.

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