District: Two players allege ref made racial slur before hit

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) Officials with a San Antonio school district say two football players accused of ramming into a referee during a high school game allege the referee directed racial slurs at them.

Northside Independent School District Superintendent Brian T. Woods says an assistant football coach accused of suggesting the students retaliate against the referee has been placed on leave.

Woods says the two suspended John Jay High School students will have a disciplinary hearing.

Woods also says the district will file a complaint about the racial slur allegation with the Texas Association of Sports Officials.

A San Antonio-area police department says its investigation will take at least a week to complete.

Sgt. Tom Dillard with the Marble Falls, Texas, police department said Tuesday prosecutors have indicated they would be receptive to filing charges if that is what the investigation indicates.

Dillard says if charges are filed, it could be for misdemeanor assault, but that wasn’t “chiseled into stone.”

Michael Fitch, the association’s executive director, didn’t immediately return a call Tuesday seeking comment.

The incident, captured on video, happened during a game Friday between John Jay and Marble Falls High School, north of San Antonio.