MARBLE FALLS, Texas — A San Antonio School district is investigating after a football player ran into the back of a referee watching a play and another player then dived into the official after he fell. Both players were ejected from the game.

Northside Independent School District Athletic Director Stan Laing told the San Antonio Express-News that video of the incident was “very disturbing.” Laing said the district is investigating what led up to the incident.

The team from John Jay High School in San Antonio was playing Marble Falls High School in Marble Falls, located about 90 miles north of San Antonio.

Before the referee was hit, two Jay players had been ejected on separate plays.

The incident occurred with approximately a minute left in Friday’s game, according to Marble Falls Coach Matt Green.

Marble Falls was trying to run out the clock and called for a handoff toward the left side of the line of scrimmage, according to the Express-News.

The penalties stemming from the incident gave Marble Falls a first down. John Jay lost 15-9.

Green said John Jay Coach Gary Gutierrez apologized after the game.

“I’ve coached 14 years and I’ve never seen anything like it,” Green said.

Video showed the referee watching the play, and his head snapping back when he is leveled from behind. The other player then dived on top of him.

The referee was “very upset” and “wanting to press charges,” Austin Football Officials Association secretary Wayne Elliott told The Associated Press.

Elliott said he was seeking guidance from the state officials association, adding, “the first thing we want is that those two kids never play football again.”

He declined to release the referee’s name.

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