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High School Football Player Jailed For Attacking Referee After Ejection

High School Football Player Jailed For Attacking Referee After Ejection

It was the viral moment that was seen by millions after it spread like wildfire on social media.

But for Emmanuel Duron, his "dog" act has landed him in a jail cell with a $10,000 bond on his head.

Emmanuel Duron charges at the referee. Credit: PA
Emmanuel Duron charges at the referee. Credit: PA

Duron, who is the defensive lineman for Edinburg High School, made headlines last week after he stormed the football field and attacked the referee who had just ejected him from the game.

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Edinburg were playing Pharr-San Juan-Alamo, but the local high school clash in Texas was marred by the nasty incident which resulted in his team forfeiting the game despite going on to win it.

Senior student Duron has just been ejected from the game for unsportsmanlike conduct.

And with Duron having already made his way off the field, the game looked set to continue as both teams set up in formation.

But, things didn't exactly play out how you'd expect.

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Before Pharr-San Juan-Alamo's offence even got a chance to call a play from the huddle, the noise of the crowd randomly increased.

They's clearly seen something that the cameras couldn't capture.

What they were seeing, exactly, was Duron break away from his coaches and charge back onto the field.

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The fuming player soon emerged into the frame and made a bee line for the referee who had just given him his marching orders.

The poor referee had no time to react and was completely blindsided by Duron.


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The referee, now known to be 58-year-old Fred Garcia, lay pretty motionless on the turf as the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo players went over to confront Duron.

But he was quickly whisked away by his coaches before being escorted from the field by local police.

And now, according to The Monitor, Duron has been slapped with assault charges and held in jail.

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But if that wasn't bad enough, Duron's actions also cost his team a playoff spot - even though they went on to win the game 35-21.

It was a night the young high school footballer will want to forget about in a hurry - but seeing as though the video itself has been seen by millions of people already, that might be quite hard to do.

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Max Sherry

Max Sherry is a journalist for SPORTbible Australia. After migrating Down Under from London as a teenager, he instantly fell in love with Aussie sport and its culture. From NRL to AFL, cricket to rugby — you name it, Max watches it (with a beer in hand, of course). During his time at Fox Sports, he worked in the football department covering the Premier League, A-League, Socceroos and Matildas. Born a stone's throw away from West Ham's training ground, Max is obviously a die-hard Liverpool fan.