A football referee injured during an assault in Saint-Hyacinthe
The Quebec Student Sports Network, which manages college football, has removed the game from the official schedule. (File photo)
One of the officials who refereed a college football game last Saturday at Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe suffered multiple injuries after being attacked by an angry fan.
According to information reported by on Bulletinsportif.ca, a blog dedicated to university and college sports, the incident occurred on the sidelines during a game between the Lauréats de Saint-Hyacinthe and the Noir et Or de Valleyfield.
According to the author of the blog, a supporter of the Noir et Or de Valleyfield, frustrated by the cancellation of a touchdown at the end of the first half when the score was 10 to 10, would have verbally and physically attacked the chief referee during the half-time break.
The official suffered broken teeth, a rib injury and is believed to have suffered a concussion following the ensuing scuffle which other spectators claimed took part.
The police were immediately called to the scene to calm things down. The fan, alleged aggressor, as well as the assaulted referee both filed a complaint.
The other referees stopped the match and canceled the meeting which was the last confrontation of the regular schedule of the season for the two second division teams who played a tight game.
According to the Quebec Student Sports Network (RSEQ), which confirmed the event and the cancellation of the match in a press release, the fan involved in the altercation is the father of one of the Noir et Or players.
The file has been transferred to the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions, who will then determine whether charges should be laid, the RSEQ wrote in a press release on Sunday.
Without wishing to comment further on this event, considering the ongoing legal proceedings, the Cégep de Valleyfield, the Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe and the RSEQ unite their voices to denounce any act of violence and remind all student-athletes, supporters, and the entire college community, that no form of violence is tolerated at any time, specify the authors.
The RSEQ and the two colleges also ensure that measures additional security will be deployed, including the presence of police officers, during the next match between the same two teams in the quarter-finals next Saturday, in Saint-Hyacinthe.
The institutions offer their full cooperation in order to implement all the actions required to maintain a safe and respectful environment, despite this deplorable situation, adds the RSEQ.
The Network recalls that actions of awareness and prevention are carried out regularly with student-athletes and their families, so that everyone adopts ethical and responsible behavior and that three codes of ethics govern the actions of players, coaches and spectators.