Brawl Breaks Out Between Rival HS Soccer Teams
NORWALK, Ohio — It was supposed to be a friendly game of soccer between two rival high schools, but it turned into a fight on the field in Norwalk last week.
Video taken at the soccer game shows with less than six minutes left, a Norwalk High School player grabs a Buckeye player by the neck and puts him in a headlock. Once on the ground the Norwalk player starts punching the Buckeye player in the face several times before players, parents and referees come to break it up.
“I think emotions got a little bit high both sides one player obviously let his emotions take control of him,” says Norwalk Police Captain Michael Conney.
A parent sitting in the stands took the video of the teams in action last Monday at the Norwalk Soccer Complex.
Norwalk Police say when they first arrived on the scene they thought the fight was between two adults and not two soccer teams. The officers were called after the altercation when things became heated between spectators and that’s when the officers responded and discovered what had occurred
Some Norwalk residents who heard about the soccer fight believe more needs to be done to keep the fighting off the field before someone gets seriously injured.
“I think there’s too much violence going around we need to stop it bullying and everything,” says Roberta Vick.
Police say both players were given red cards by the referees, so they will most likely be suspended for their next game and possibly the entire soccer season.
The Buckeye player who was injured was taken to the Fisher Titus Medical Center with minor injuries around his left eye.
Norwalk Police say the case has been handed over to the prosecutor’s office and so far no charges have been filed.