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GLOUCESTER CITY NJ-Sad to report another scandal has surfaced involving a coach of a youth sport organization in Gloucester City.

The rumor began on Monday, February 9 when a source contacted me Notebook_and_pen and said a coach for the Gloucester City Mustangs youth football association had to resign for cheating. The source said the coach allowed a player who weighed 96 lbs. to play on a team where the limit was 90 lbs. The coach had the player by pass the scale and when confronted the coach said he was weighed-in.  The father of the player allegedly reported the incident after his son (the 96 lb player) didn't receive a trophy he thought he deserved. The incident occurred during the 2008 fall season.

The Mustangs were asked for an explanation. Following a meeting of the executive board on Thursday, February 12, a written statement was issued.

The statement reads as follows:

 “The Gloucester City Mustangs Youth Football was informed by the League President of the SJIYFL (South Jersey Independent Youth Football League) that they were recently in receipt of several letters written by parents regarding the actions of the 90 lb level coach at weigh-ins and other issues.”

“The Mustangs contacted the coach in question and he has since been removed as he has also respectfully resigned in writing. The Mustang Organization will attend the SJIYFL meeting in early March and then comment accordingly in a public statement.”

Michael Kenney, a member of the Mustangs Executive Board, was asked if there would be any sanctions imposed by the SJIYFL against Gloucester. Kenney said based on a similar incident that occurred in another town, Gloucester could be fined and loose voting rights in the SJIFL for one year.

In January the Officers of the Carmen Palmiero Basketball League suspended two coaches and a fan on Zero Tolerance charges. The individuals involved became engaged in a verbal confrontation during a girl’s 5th & 6th grade basketball game. As tensions rose the Gloucester City Police were summoned. Upon their arrival the Gloucester City Police called for mutual response from surrounding towns.

In 2008 the Gloucester City Little League announced that the treasurer of that organization stole $50,000 from the treasury. The individual plead guilty to the crime and made arrangements to make restitution. `




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