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Two Martha’s Vineyard boys’ soccer players suspended for abuse of an official

The players, both juniors, have been suspended from participating in all high school sports for a year.

Two Massachusetts high school soccer players repeatedly shoved an official Tuesday after a boys’ tournament game, highlighting the kind of abuse that has contributed to a shortage of school game officials across the state and nation.

According to eyewitness accounts and video footage reviewed by the Globe, the two players, from Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, struck and shoved the official after their team was eliminated from the tournament by Norwell High School, 1-0, on a penalty kick with less than 15 seconds left in regulation time.

The players, both juniors, have been suspended from participating in all high school sports for a year by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, which governs postseason tournaments.