- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 7, 2015

WILKINSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Three high school football players will be suspended following a fight that erupted on the field over the weekend in western Pennsylvania.

The brawl broke out during a game Saturday between Wilkinsburg and Monessen. Officials stopped the game in the third quarter after the altercation.

The Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League conducted a hearing Tuesday and ruled that the schools’ football programs will be suspended for the rest of the year unless two Wilkinsburg players and one Monessen player are suspended for at least two games.

“We really don’t have the jurisdiction to suspend a player,” said Tim O’Malley, the league’s executive director. “That’s why we’re putting it on each school to do it, or we will suspend their program.”

Along with the suspension, the WPIAL ruled that both schools must put together a group of students to devise a plan to avoid future conflicts. Wilkinsburg’s administration will also be censured for failing to provide adequate security during the game.



Wilkinsburg’s football program has been put on probation for a year. Monessen was already on probation because of a clerical error last season and will have that extended by a year.

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