BOSTON (AP) – Sanctions have been imposed following an altercation between two New England teams at the Pop Warner national championship.

Officials said the fight last week involved members of the Dorchester Eagles Midget Team of Boston and the Edgewood Eagles of Cranston, R.I. It was not clear what started the brawl, but both teams were evicted from their hotels in Orlando, Fla.

A review board for Pop Warner Little Scholars has imposed a three-year ban on postseason play for the Dorchester team, and suspended its head coach, Tony Hurston, for one year.

The president of the Dorchester Eagles Pop Warner Association, Leslie Goodwin, told The Boston Globe the punishment was harsh and indicated that an appeal was likely.

The review board placed the Rhode Island team’s coaching staff on one-year’s probation Monday. Any violation of the Pop Warner code of conduct would mean immediate suspension of the program.


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