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Eastern Massachusetts High School basketball game stopped after player allegedly punches referee in the face



Authorities report that police are investigating after a referee at an Eastern Massachusetts High School boy’s’ basketball game was allegedly assaulted by a visiting player.

According to Chief William Quigley, at approximately 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Cohasset Police were called to the gymnasium at Cohasset High School for a report of an assault. The Cohasset boys’ basketball team was playing a game against Excel High School from Boston.

The initial investigation indicates that a 17-year-old player from Excel High School punched a referee in the face during the game.

The game was immediately cancelled, and the gym was cleared.

The referee did not require medical attention. There was no further altercation, and no Cohasset players were involved.

The incident remains under investigation by the Cohasset Police Department.

“There is no place for violence of any kind in a school and we are thankful that the victim in this incident was not seriously injured,” Chief Quigley said. “We have identified the student-athlete allegedly involved in this incident and the matter remains under investigation.”

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