Probe of soccer match finds no evidence of racial slur use


HOLYOKE, Mass. (AP) — Holyoke school officials say they appreciate a rival high school’s probe of fan behavior at a girls’ soccer game, but they will remain in contact with state officials over the issue.

Amherst Regional High School’s investigation into the Sept. 23 match with Holyoke High School found no evidence to corroborate claims that Amherst fans directed racial slurs at Holyoke players.

The probe did reveal “considerable evidence” that Amherst’s fans acted inappropriately while cheering for their team.

Amherst Principal Mark Jackson apologized to Holyoke on behalf of his school’s community.

Receiver Stephen Zrike says Holyoke schools will continue discussing the issue with the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association.

The Holyoke and Amherst boys’ soccer teams played last weekend without problems.

Amherst principal apologized for fan behavior at soccer game vs. Holyoke

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