32 football players suspended from upcoming matches after fight at match

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By KCRA Staff

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Stockton, California (KCRA) – Thirty-two high school football students have been suspended after fighting or clearing the benches during a brawl Thursday night at a school in Stockton, officials said.

The fight took place at Cesar Chavez High School — a school in the Stockton Unified School District — and Tokay High School, which is part of the Lodi Unified School District.

The Sac-Joaquin Chapter of the California Interscholastic Federation said many players ran off the sideline during a fight during the game between Tokay High School and Cesar Chavez High School. According to CIF statutes, all 32 players have been suspended for at least the next three games.

“The Stockton Unified School District recognizes the value and importance of athletic activities for our students. We also recognize the importance of sportsmanship and teamwork,” Stockton Unified said in a statement to KCRA 3. “We agree with and support the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) as we affirm honor policies.

Lodi Unified also responded to the brawl between the two schools.

“Tokay High supports the win with honors policies of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) and all CIF regulations regarding sportsmanship and player conduct. All students involved in Friday night’s event received appropriate consequences,” Lodi Unified said in its statement.

Although it is unknown how many players actually participated in the fight, the CIF statutes also penalize players who come off the bench during a fight.

According to CIF, here are the penalties applicable to participants in Thursday’s fight:

First Ejection: Player (Fighting/Aggressive Behavior/Rough Unsportsmanlike Conduct) is ineligible to participate in the next three (3) to six (6) Team Contests, as determined by the CIF Section Commissioner having competence in the matter. The player may remain on the bench for the duration of this fight and may be on the bench in street clothes for the duration of the suspension. If the season ends before the player serves the full suspension, he or she will be ineligible for the number of games remaining on the suspension for the team’s next season. If the player is a senior, he will be ineligible for the number of games remaining on the suspension for his next sports season.

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