Medina team loses, Akron team apologizes after game

MEDINA, NY (WKBW) – An incident recorded on the field after a sports game in Medina has further implications.

A little league football game between Medina and Akron, which is not affiliated with either school district, continues to outrage parents in those communities over a video.

Akron youth soccer teams played against Medina youth soccer teams in Medina on Saturday.

A video shared dozens of times on Facebook shows cheerleaders walking off the soccer field, visibly upset, holding each other’s arm.

One of the girls is Erin Behm’s daughter.

“When they got to the stands, all the girls, it was chaos,” Behm said.

Behm said her daughter was hit on the arm after shaking hands with the Medina players.

“She cries and says, ‘I don’t understand,'” Behm added.

Sandra, who didn’t want to go on camera or give her full name, tells 7 News that she has a nephew who plays in the Medina soccer team. She believes that all of this could have been an accident.

“They get a little excited after a game and you know they leave, you know, give a high-five or a handshake, but again, these are kids,” Sandra said.

After Saturday’s incident, both teams are feeling the heat.

According to an email Behm received, commissioners from the Niagara-Orleans Football Association, NOFA, made their final decision following the incident:

  • The Medina team will formally apologize to the Akron girls for their actions
  • Medina soccer team will lose the rest of the season.

“It’s just sad. These are little, little kids. You’re heartbroken right now,” Sandra said.

NOFA also said that the Akron Youth Football and Cheer Team must formally apologize to the Medina Football Team’s parents and players because some parents ran onto the field and yelled and verbally abused the Medina players.

The parents were warned.

“I can apologize for not knowing what to do at the moment, but for going onto the field without a leader telling us what to do, I think that was our only, our only option,” Behm said.

7 News contacted NOFA twice but received no reply. 7 News also called the Medina LOYAL Football and Cheerleading Commissioner and the President of the Akron Little League Team, but received no response.

Following a petition created by the Akron parents for the Medina team’s waiver, the Medina parents created a petition to reverse the decision.

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