Central, Clinton soccer teams put on probation, fined after on-f

Central, Clinton soccer teams put on probation, fined after on-field fight

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville Central High School and Clinton High School's soccer programs have each been fined and had their seasons end after a fight between members of the two teams during Monday's post-season match.

According to the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association, the fight broke out with approximately five minutes left in the game.

The TSSAA says administrators from both schools have separate opinions on what started the fight, but multiple players from each school were involved. One student showed signs of a concussion and multiple administrators, coaches and officials were on the field trying to restore order.

TSSAA says there is no place for that type of behavior, regardless of what started the incident.

As a result, Central's team was removed from the post-season tournament and placed on restrictive probation for the remainder of this season and all of next season. This means the team will not be allowed to take part in next year's post-season tournament or receive any award recognizing their finish in the regular season.

The team will then be on non-restrictive probation until May 2016.

Because Clinton High's team completed its season, it is being placed on restrictive probation for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons.

Any players required to serve a two-game suspension for either team must sit out the first two games of next year.

Each team will be fined $3,250.

TSSAA says it and its member schools believe the major importance of high school athletics is to be part of the total education program, and part of that is stressing the importance of sportsmanship and being a role model for others.
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