PITTSBURGH — WPIAL officials said they found "credible evidence" during their investigation into alleged racism at a boy's soccer match but have decided not to punish Connellsville and Taylor Allderdice high schools.
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A spokesperson for the high school sports governing agency said the situation is "an opportunity to educate and heal instead of punishing either school" or athletes.
A letter was sent around following a Labor Day weekend soccer match between the programs where racial and homophobic slurs were allegedly said.
WPIAL officials have mandated the schools enact anti-discrimination, diversity and sensitivity training for the boys' soccer teams and coaching staffs.
A press release from the WPIAL spokesperson said:
This is not the first time these types of accusations have been levied against the Connellsville high school soccer program. During a match with Penn Hills in 2018, there were claims of racial slurs said on the field. WPIAL officials investigated and found the claims credible, but they could not be proven.
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