From Globe Correspondent Ryan Thomas:
One day after the boy's Boston City League Championship soccer game between Madison Park and East Boston was called in the 75th minute due to a skirmish stemming from a controversial call that decided the game, Madison Park has decided to withdraw from the MIAA State Tournament.
The decision was made during a team meeting Thursday that involved school headmaster Charles McAfee and coach Joao Gomes. All parties agreed that it was in the school's best interest to end the season, Gomes said.
The controversial call was a handball against the Cardinals that referee Savas Trellopoulos deemed inside the 18-yard box, which led to a penalty shot by East Boston midfielder Carlos Andres Ruiz who buried the goal for the 1-0 win.
"I was disappointed with the call; it was outside the 18 [yard box]," Gomes said of the season-ending handball. "But (the players) can't take it out with anger. We always preach self responsibility and respect. Hopefully this will send a message."
After shouts and gestures cascaded from the Madison Park sideline disagreeing with the call, Venude Depina allegedly threw the ball off of Trellopoulos's head.
"They had every right and reason to be upset with the call, but you can't justify a wrong with another wrong," Gomes added.
Depina, who had not been carded all season, will have his actions reviewed further by Madison Park, with possible disciplinary action to follow.
The 10-seed Cardinals were scheduled to face No. 7 seed Peabody in the Division 1 North tournament Sunday, Nov. 8.
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