An Illinois father was accused in a lawsuit of dressing up in his referee uniform to influence calls during his son’s high school football playoff game, putting a question mark on the Championship game.
A lawsuit was filed by parents affiliated with Simeon Career Academy against the Illinois High School Association. The suit comes less than a week after the school lost in a quarterfinal game against Nazareth Academy, according to the newspaper. Nazareth Academy then defeated Batavia High School to advance to the championship game.
Via The Chicago Tribune:
The lawsuit alleges a parent of a player from Nazareth wore his referee uniform and was involved in calls the referee crew made though he was not officiating the Nov. 10 game. The father was also seen alongside referees in an area where only officials are supposed to be.
On Facebook, the father responded to criticism of him being involved in the game by saying, “I did what was needed to make sure Naz won,” according to screenshots included in the lawsuit.
In another comment, the father tells someone, “I didn’t make one bad call. I made sure the best team won.”
The parent, listed as Richard Mercado, could be seen on the sideline wearing what appeared to be referee pants, per Ben Bradley TV on Twitter.