PITTSBURGH (AP) — An athletic league has placed the sports programs of the Clairton and Monessen school district on five years’ probation among other penalties following a fight involving players and fans at a high school boys’ basketball game last week.
The Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League said Monday that probation applies to all sports. Any violations will mean a tournament ban for that sport for the season, and both schools must begin a sportsmanship program with consequences for bad behavior.
Video on social media showed dozens of fans spilling onto the court in an all-out brawl after a fourth-quarter fight between two players Feb. 6. The game was stopped and Monessen was awarded a 54-45 victory. The league’s executive director earlier called it “totally unacceptable.”
The schools can appeal the decision.