STAMFORD — Trinity Catholic’s athletic director plans to review a fight that broke out last week after a freshman boys basketball game and resulted in an assault charge for a Norwalk coach.

Trinity Catholic Athletic Director Bob Robustelli said he does not know what sparked the altercation, which occurred Friday night at the Newfield Avenue school and caused the postponement of the junior varsity and varsity games with Norwalk High School.



“We’ll look at how and why it happened and if we did something wrong, we’ll handle it, and I’m sure Norwalk will do the same,” Robustelli said. “It doesn’t represent what Trinity is about.”

There was a brief altercation between two opposing players during the game that was broken up by referees. The players were separated and the game was completed without incident, but a fight erupted during the post-game handshakes.

An injured player was examined by medical personnel, but declined further treatment at a hospital.

Robustelli said once the fight started, it got “crazy” from what he perceived as people trying to break up the altercation.

Stamford police charged Norwalk coach Tom Keyes with third-degree misdemeanor assault. He was given a summons to appear in court. Police on Saturday declined to say why Keyes was charged because the incident involved a juvenile.

“Every time we come here, there’s always an issue,” Keyes said Friday night after the incident. “There’s never security here. I did nothing.”

Two police officers usually provide security at the school, but only for varsity games.

Robustelli said it was too soon to say if any Trinity students will face disciplinary action.

Norwalk High Athletic Director Doug Marcheti declined to comment.

Robustelli said he is working with Marcheti to determine if the schools should reschedule the junior varsity and varsity games. Robustelli said they may consider banning spectators for those games.

“If we feel that is warranted, it’s an action we will take,” Robustelli said. “We have to do what’s right for both teams.”


tclark@stamfordadvocate.com; 203-964-2265; @TravClark2



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