Texas star high school football player charged, accused of attacking referee after ejection

Emmanuel Duron was one of the best players on the team

A Texas high school football player has been charged, accused of running over a referee during a game Thursday, moments after he was ejected.

Edinburg High School senior Emmanuel Duron, 18, was charged with a Class A assault Friday, according to the The Monitor newspaper. His bond was set at $10,000.

The incident took place during a game between Edinburg High School and Pharr-San Juan-Alamo.

Duron, a defensive end, who was the player of the year in his district last season, was ejected for shoving an opposing offensive lineman to the ground and trying to tackle the quarterback after officials already blew the play dead, according to The Monitor.

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When referee Fred Garcia announced Duron's ejection, the player stormed back onto the field and rushed the referee, knocking him to the ground. Garcia's head slammed onto the ground. The Monitor reported that he was evaluated for a concussion at the stadium.

Duron was escorted out of the stadium by police officers.

Edinburg coach J.J. Lejia said he couldn't comment after the incident.

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"I can't release any information on that and I apologize for that," Lejia told The Monitor. "I hope you understand. I want this (moment) to be about our program and all the other kids we had on the field tonight."

Garcia had been a 27-year veteran of the state's referees association. He did not return to the game.

According to The Monitor, Duron also was suspended during the 2019-20 soccer season because of a similar incident during a match.

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Edinburg won the game, 35-21, to advance to the Class6A Division I Playoffs.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.