Supporters of a New Jersey high school football player captured on video hitting an opponent with the opponent's helmet say it was accidental and has been blown out of proportion.

The director of the Elizabeth-based United Youth Council said Thursday that the players from Linden High School and Immaculata High School had been battling all game and that the Linden player didn't mean to hurt the other teen.

The Linden player was removed from the team. The school district says it is pursuing the severest discipline possible. Police are also investigating.

The youth council director says the player should face a few days of suspension.

A referee penalized the Linden player for unsportsmanlike conduct. The Immaculata player was taken to a hospital, where he received 10 stitches.