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The Texas Board upholds the penalties for throwing DL back

The Texan prep football player, who made national headlines last week after throwing over a referee after being eliminated from a game, will no longer play high school sport this academic year.

The University’s Interscholastic League Executive Committee on Monday suspended Edinburg High’s Emmanuel Duron from all activities approved by the league for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year, the result of his actions on Thursday evening.

Duron, a senior defender, stormed onto the field from the sideline and knocked referee Fred Gracia to the ground seconds after Gracia announced that Duron had been disqualified from the competition after two unsportsmanlike penalties. The video of the incident went viral.

Local police escorted Duron away from the stadium and were charged with a Class A attack the following day.

“I want to say that I am sorry about what happened to my coaches, my family and the UIL,” Duron said in a statement on Monday, according to local media reports.

The day after the incident, Edinburg officials suspended Duron from school for three days and suspended him from all extracurricular activities for the remainder of the school year. The UIL board confirmed both sentences on Monday McAllen’s monitor It was unanimously voted 5-0.

In addition, the board said Edinburgh High Coach J.J. Leija has been suspended for the 2021-22 school year and the school’s sports department has been suspended for two years.

Duron was the district’s 31-6A Defensive Player of the year last season. He is also the kicker and punter of the Bobcats and a star wrestler.

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