(CBS) – A fight breaks out between parents at a youth football game. Now, the league is holding the kids responsible.
CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reports.
The incident occurred Sunday, with parents from both teams going at it. Police were called, says parent Tamerra Washington.
“Some parents got a little upset and made it personal instead of keeping the kids in mind,” she says.
“It was basically a brawl in the crowd between parents and different fans,” says Dominique Banks, who coaches the Melrose Park Gaels, a team of 8- to 9-year-old boys. “There is no place for parents to act like that at all.”
The Chicagoland UYF League decided to sideline the Gaels from the upcoming postseason. The league champion goes on to play in Florida.
“They completely punished the kids for the actions of adults,” Washington says.
The kids are crushed, Banks says.
“I was devastated,” Damari Jones says.
The president of the league says the Melrose Park team has been involved in a number of incidents this season, and this fight was the final straw.
The other team was not disqualified, but they also aren’t allowed to host the playoffs, a major fundraiser for the league.