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Parents fight in parking lot at Crowley youth football game

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Two North Texas pee wee football teams were suspended from the playoffs, after a so-called parking lot brawl between parents.

Crowley police said there was a lot of pushing and shoving, but no charges will be filed against the parents of either team.

The fight happened Monday night, between a team from Crowley and Weatherford.

Officials with both teams say it started when one of the Crowley coaches shoved a referee.

Making things worse, was a pre-existing issue that Crowley had with one of the Weatherford players. They believed he was too old to play.

The game was called off, but tensions continued to escalate.

"There was a real rushed sense to get out of there, from the parents and the coach," Lindsey Duhon, a cheer coach, said. "Coach Smith was rushing the boys off the field."

The fighting spilled into the parking lot.

"And all I see is the same woman that was mouthin' - she is attacking one of our kids' grandmothers," Duhon said. "And there's just screaming going on and there's all this chaos."

Parents from both teams were involved in the scuffle.

"After that, it was just a big melee, pulling people off, breaking it up. Telling people to get in their cars, call the police," Frank said.

But the president of Weatherford Pee Wee Football says his parents were only defending themselves.

"I don't see that my parents did anything wrong," Michael Smith said, "besides try to get out - and then the fight escalated."

The Northwest Texas Youth Football Association voted Wednesday night to suspend both teams from the playoffs.

"Although the initial altercation was instigated by individuals from Crowley...there were numerous fights in the parking lot involving both towns and the board determined that once these additional fights occurred both towns must share equal blame," said league president John Kracy in a written statement.

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