EDINBURG, Texas — A bizarre incident during a high school playoff game in Texas Thursday left a referee with injuries after being attacked by a player he had just ejected.
Edinburg High School defensive end Emmanuel Duron was penalized for shoving another player to the ground and attempting to tackle the opposing team's quarterback after a play was over, The Monitor reports.
Referee Fred Garcia ejected Duron from the game for the two unsportsmanlike penalties.
After Garcia announced the ejection, Duron charged back onto the field and slammed into the referee, causing him to fly backwards into the artificial turf.
Duron's teammates and coaches held the player back while crews attended to Garcia. Four off-duty police officers escorted Duron out of the stadium and away from the premises.
Duron was charged with Class A assault and being held in jail on $10,000 bond.
Garcia was able to walk off the field on his own and was evaluated in an ambulance outside the stadium with concussion symptoms and a shoulder injury.
The Monitor reports Duron was suspended from the school's soccer team for a similar incident last season.
Edinburg won the game, but Friday the school district removed the team from the playoffs.