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Norwalk athletic director Doug Marchetti didn’t mince words when it came to discussing the aftermath of Friday’s controversial Norwalk-Trinity game with The Hour of Norwalk.
Fans — many of whom appeared to be students — hurled invectives (and at least one water bottle) at the officials as they attempted to follow them out of Norwalk’s Testa Field following the 22-20 Trinity Catholic victory, won on a disputed touchdown call. Police escorted the officials out and temporarily closed the gates to allow them safe access to their cars.
“What happened was an embarrassment,” Marchetti told John Nash of the Norwalk Hour. “I know from a game administration standpoint, I have to make some changes, be it with crowd control or a larger police presence.”
Marchetti, who was at the game and can be seen helping police close the field’s gates in the video above, told The Hour he had reviewed the incident and submitted a report to the Norwalk Superintendents Office, which issued a statement regarding the incident that said it would “review our procedures for all large-scale games and events.”
“We know competitive events like this can bring a lot of excitement and emotion. Nonetheless, we expect both students and adults to always behave with respect for everyone, no matter what the score and end result. Norwalk High administrators will reinforce those expectations with students, parents and staff,” the statement read.
In addition, Marchetti told The Hour he placed no blame on coach Sean Ireland, who was ejected for arguing the final touchdown call, and discussed the incident and the officiating with Gerry Costello, the Assignor of Officials for the FCIAC. “I spoke with Gerry to make sure the officials were OK and he said, ‘yeah,’” Marchetti said. “Then we had a long discussion about the game and he admitted, ‘We didn’t have a very good game.'”
Meanwhile, it was all good between the Norwalk and Trinity Catholic players, who were seen fraternizing together at the Darien-Greenwich game not 24 hours later.
“The players were awesome. The players were the least of my worries,” Marchetti told The Hour.
H/T The Hour of Norwalk: Norwalk Hour Norwalk Public Schools to review game-day protocols after wild finish on Friday