Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Wpial Sets Sept. 24 Hearing over Racial Slurs

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Wpial Sets Sept. 24 Hearing over Racial Slurs

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The WPIAL received conflicting written reports on whether or not Connellsville High School players and fans used racial slurs against Penn Hills Sept. 11 in a boys soccer game. So, the WPIAL has decided to bring in both sides for a hearing.

The WPIAL board of directors met Monday at league offices in Green Tree and decided to have a hearing Sept. 24 with school administrators and coaches from Penn Hills and Connellsville. Both schools filed reports with the WPIAL after Penn Hills asked the league to get involved after a game at Connellsville. Penn Hills alleged Connellsville players and fans, including the student section, used racial slurs.

The day after the soccer game, Penn Hills decided it would not play a girls soccer game and a girls volleyball match Sept. 12 and 13 at Connellsville.

The WPIAL board of directors met in executive session Monday and discussed what has turned into a "he said, she said" situation.

"There are conflicting reports, countless conflicting reports," WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley said.

The three game officials who worked the game also filed reports with the WPIAL. "The officials pretty much had a difference of opinion in regard to the allegations that were made," O'Malley said.

Connellsville conducted an investigation into the situation and has not admitted the use of racial slurs. That's the reason for the WPIAL hearing.

"Because we can't come to a resolution," O'Malley said.

WPIAL loses money

An auditor's report was shared with the board of directors, and it showed the league lost money - about $68,000 - for the 2017-18 school year. O'Malley said it is one of the few times in his 13 years as executive director that the league lost money. But O'Malley said, "We're not concerned. We're still in pretty good shape financially."

O'Malley said the reason for the financial loss last year was a drop in attendance at football playoffs and championships. …

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