HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) - An on-field fight after a youth football game may cost a Richmond-area team its shot at both the state and national titles.
The fight started while players in an AAU under-14 league were shaking hands after the game. Video sent to CBS 6 by RichCity Spiders football coach Linwood Johnson appears to show the brawl began when a player from the losing team shoved a player from his winning team.
Johnson said following the fight, the youth league disqualified his team from the upcoming state championship. He said he was told his team was not allowed to advance because they could not control their fans who came out onto the field.
"Parents are going to protect their children," he said in an email to CBS 6. "There was no law enforcement at the field to control the crowd. Once again, we won the game fair and square on the field."
According to its website, RichCity is "an Athletic Association that is based out of Richmond & Henrico, VA, that caters to the Growth & Development of youth ages 5-16 years of age. We were formed to provide opportunities for young men and women who enjoy sports, and cheering, no matter what their athletic skill levels may be. We are geared towards youth learning good habits and positive values and attitudes that they will be able to apply with them in all aspects and areas of their lives."
The state title game was to be held this Saturday. The national AAU championship tournament is the first week in Dec.