A brawl that broke out at the end of a high school soccer game in Minnesota Thursday night has caused both the Minnesota State High School League and the Maple Grove police department to launch separate investigations into the incident.
Prairie Seeds Academy defeated Totino Grace 2-1 in a match to determine which team would advance to the state tournament, DeadSpin notes. Just moments before the end of the game, however, a fight broke out on the field.
Totino Grace co-captain Ryan Zurbay told Fox Twin Cities that the first punch was thrown in the final seconds of the game by a Prairie Seeds player. However, Prairie Seeds head coach and athletic director Youssef Darbaki said his players had reported hearing derogatory comments by the other team, which could explain what sparked the fight.
Still, the situation was baffling to Darbaki. "Why would you fight while winning the game?" he told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
The fight could lead to criminal charges and suspensions that would keep some players out of the tournament, according to the paper.
Totino Grace Athletic Director Mike Smith told KARE 11 he was disappointed with how the game ended.
"There were a lot of kids that worked really hard to get to that point. It's too bad the ending is what people want to talk about because the game was so good," he said.
Prairie Seeds is scheduled to play Duluth's Marshall School on Friday in the state quarterfinals. The team will have to wait for the League's verdict to see if they'll be playing at full strength. The Star Tribune reports that a decision could be reached as early as Monday.
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