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Man is Charged After Starting Brawl at High School Soccer Match

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A Virginia man was arrested after starting a brawl at a high school soccer match in Appalachia on Monday (May 15).

Donald Guerrant, 24, charged with assault and battery in relation to the incident, which took place at the boys' soccer match between Union and Ridgeview High School, Wise County Sheriff Grant Kilgore told WJHL. A video shared online showed people being pushed down the concrete steps at the soccer stadium.

Kilgore said the Wise County Sheriff's Office was working alongside the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office in order to decide on whether additional charges should be pursued. Responding officers were able to break up the fight, but injuries were reported.

An investigator opted not to provide additional details on the extent of the injuries, instead noting that one person at the scene was transported but not in relation to the brawl. Wise County Public Schools issued a statement to WJHL condemning the actions of the fans involved in the incident.

“Sportsmanship is of the utmost importance at all sporting events and this type of behavior is unacceptable,” the statement reads. “We would like to remind all spectators to honor the hard work of our student-athletes and to conduct themselves appropriately.”

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