Referee shot in face by cannon during college football game in Maine

first_imgA school spokesperson said the cannon “was fired from outside the fence behind the end zone”.“One of the game officials was proceeding along the end line when the cannon was fired and was struck by packing material from the cannon,” the spokesperson said. “The academy’s president has directed that these devices will no longer be permitted on campus for future events.”The referee was taken to a hospital and an investigation into the incident will be referred to the district attorney’s office pending potential criminal charges, the sheriff’s office said.The Mariners, who play in Division III, lost the game to Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 42-21. Topics Reuse this content US sports Pinterest College football Share on Facebook Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian College sports Share on Pinterest A referee is recovering from non-life threatening injuries after he was hit in the face by a cannon blast while officiating a football game at Maine Maritime Academy on Saturday, according to the Hancock County sheriff’s office.The sheriff said it’s a tradition of to set off a cannon using a blank shotgun shell whenever the team scores, but that an alumnus brought his own cannon to Saturday’s homecoming game and filled it with black powder.Video footage shows the referee walking behind the end zone during the second half, then grabbing his head and collapsing after the cannon goes off. Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Maine Twitter Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on LinkedInlast_img

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