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UCSB Moves To Penalize Men’s Soccer Team After Player Shoves Referee Following Close Loss

Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 1:20pm

UC Santa Barbara’s Athletics Department has moved to impose penalties against its men’s soccer team, in the wake of an incident where a player shoved a referee following a close loss over the weekend.

Athletic Director Mark Massari announced that the team would forfeit any opportunity for postseason play this year, ending its streak of 10 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.

UCSB also says the player involved in the incident has been dropped from the team for its two remaining regular season matches, and that Head Coach Tim Vom Steeg has been suspended for one game.

Big West Conference officials say they support what they called a proactive move by UCSB.

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