This was a game involving 13-year-olds
According to WCNC, a Charlotte youth football coach got knocked out after he tried to break up a fight between two opposing players during a playoff game last Saturday.
Coach Derrick Thompson says he went in to try to get a handle on the situation. “You’re just like, ‘Let me get in here and just break it up,’ because typically, it’s a lot of grabbing face masks, things like that,” Thompson said. “Then as soon as I get there, and I start breaking them up, I just wake up on the ground and I’m like, ‘What happened?'”
It looks like he got head-butted by a player’s helmet. He suffered a concussion and a busted lip, but says he is recovering fine. The referees stopped the game.
Here is the statement from the league.
“We were extremely disappointed by the actions of several coaches and players during a playoff game in Cary last weekend. The incident was disturbing and runs counter to the values of Pop Warner. Officials correctly ended the game as a result of the incident and, upon further investigation, Pop Warner Mid South Region officials suspended two players and two coaches from the Steelers and one coach from the Panthers. There simply is no excuse for this type of behavior. It is important to note that those actions are not representative of the many teams playing Pop Warner in North Carolina and nationwide every weekend during the season We hope those involved will learn from the incident and act with respect for the game and each other moving forward.”