Intimidation charges dropped against referees
COVINGTON - The mayor and police chief of Covington announced Thursday they would ask for intimidation charges to be dropped against two high school referees arrested at a football game.
Covington Police arrested James Radcliffe and Chris Gambino during the Oct. 11 Mandeville and St. Paul football game after the pair tried to get people along the sideline to stop crowding the chain crew.
The state High School Athletic Association said when they asked police to help them control the crowd, the two were arrested and accused of intimidation.
Keith Alexander, the LHSAA Director of Officials, said the organization supported the officials' decision.
"The officials were acting by rule in maintaining the integrity of the game. By rule, the officials have the authority to rule promptly and in the spirit of good sportsmanship on any situation during the contest," Alexander said. "The referee's decisions are final in all matters pertaining to the game. In this case, the officials were totally correct in the administration of the rule."
The organization said Radcliffe and Gambino would continue to officiate games.