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Coaching staff, player suspended after referee shoved

WINNIPEG – The North Winnipeg Nomads midget football team might not make an appearance in this year’s playoffs after a player shoved a referee during a recent match.

The decision comes after a meeting Monday night of the North Winnipeg Nomads board.

“It’s not an easy thing to do, but you hope you do the right thing and what’s best for the whole organization, not just one team. So we felt this was the right step in order to preserve the integrity of not only the game but football in Manitoba,” president Jeffrey Bannon said.

The board decided to suspend the team’s coaching and managing staff as well as the player.

The player is accused of pushing the head referee with both hands during an Oct. 3 game against the Greendell Falcons. The player in question is suspended from the league for at least this season. Bannon also expects there will be a fine and potentially more suspensions.

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If the team can replace its coaching staff, the Nomads could continue playing. That would mean at least six coaches or trainers would need to be available, Bannon said. That decision will be made Tuesday.

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