Sep 7, 2015 12:35 PM by NBC News
A San Antonio school district has launched an investigation and suspended two football players who ran forcefully into a referee during a Friday night game.
The two John Jay High School football players were caught on video from two different angles pummeling the referee while he watched a play on the field. One ran into the referee from behind and while he was down, another player knocked into him.
"The two players in question have been suspended from the team and school pending further investigation," Stan Laing, executive director of athletics for the Northside Independent School District, said in an email to NBC News.
The chaos unfolded with about a minute left in Friday's game against Marble Falls High School, according to The Associated Press.
The school district that John Jay High School is a part of said in a statement that the incident would be investigated when school reopened on Tuesday after the holiday. The investigation will include interviews and hearings, according to a statement from Northside Independent School District.
"The video that we saw is extremely disturbing. It is not the good sportsmanlike behavior that we teach students. We are in touch with and cooperating with the UIL (University Interscholastic League) in the investigation," the statement said.
Both players involved had been ejected from the game the league said in a statement. "The UIL takes this matter very seriously and will take appropriate action once the investigation is complete," the statement said.