Refs suspended after Linden football player smacks opponent with own helmet
The referees who called the Linden-Immaculata game in which one player bashed another's head with his own helmet have been suspended for two games.
NJ.com reports that the punishment was issued by Mid-State 38, the league both the Linden Spartans and Immaculata Spartans play in. The pair were part of a five-person crew working the game on Friday, Sept. 11, when Linden's Fritz Moncion hit an Immaculata player with his own helmet.
The refs issued a 15-yard unsportsmanship conduct penalty but did not see the hitting incident. Moncion was allowed to continue playing
Joe Shaw, the official assignor for the Mid State 38, told NJ.com that it would have been best to eject Moncion.
On Friday, NJSIAA Executive Director Steven J. Timko issued a statement saying the organization had found no evidence racial slurs were spoken during the Linden-Immaculata game, despite such claims by Moncion's mother made in a press conference.
The NJSIAA will continue to monitor the situation and interject “if we deem it necessary,” wrote Timko.
Monicon remains suspended from school as Linden School Superintendent continues to pursue the “severest disciplinary action possible,” the school has said. The Union County Prosecutor’s Office on Friday said it is still reviewing the evidence and tells New Jersey 101.5 that no charges have been filed.