The six-person officiating crew at the varsity football game between Immaculata and Linden a week ago Friday night has been suspended for two weeks from refereeing varsity games, Mid-State 38 Conference assigning official Joe Shaw told Skyland Conference athletic directors Thursday at their regular meeting.
The crew was scheduled to work Saturday afternoon’s Mid-State 38 Conference Watchung Division game between Linden and Plainfield in Plainfield, but was replaced earlier in the week.
The officials in the Sept. 11 game missed a second quarter play where Linden senior Fritz Moncion, wrenched the helmet off an Immaculata player before swinging the helmet and hitting the player with it. The player needed 10 stitches to close the wound at Morristown Medical Center. The referees assessed a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, but the player remained in the game while the player he hit was taken to the hospital.
The officials said it wasn’t until after the game that they saw the incident on film.Shaw told the Skyland Conference officials that the player should have been ejected. Nick Serrittella, the president of the football-only conference, said the penalty was just.
“Hopefully we can move forward and never see this happen again,” said Serritella Saturday night.
Immaculata High School Athletic Director Thomas Gambino declined comment Saturday afternoon. Shaw didn’t return a phone call.