The Alberta Football League is investigating a game altercation between Airdrie Irish and Cold Lake Fighter Jets

The Airdrie Irish men’s football team suffered their first loss of 2022 on 18 June, losing 41-15 to visiting Cold Lake Fighter Jets and the game ended in a brawl between players, staff and spectators.

The Airdrie Irish men’s football team suffered their first loss of 2022 on 18 June, losing 41-15 to visiting Cold Lake Fighter Jets and the game ended in a brawl between players, staff and spectators.

The two league leaders both started the game with equal 2-0 records in the Alberta Football League (AFL). The loss sees the Irish fall to second place with the Fort McMurray Monarchs in the five-team league. Cold Lake remains undefeated and in first place.

Despite being on the losing side, Ireland running back Connor Lutz was voted the AFL’s Media Player of the Game after two touchdown performances.

Unclean conclusion

On June 20, the Irish released a team statement on social media, expressing their disappointment at a physical altercation that erupted between players, fans and coaches at the end of the game.

“The Airdrie Irish are disappointed with the product launched against the Cold Lake Fighter Jets last Saturday,” read the Facebook statement, which is attributed to head coach Anton Bellot and Lutz, the team president. “Not because of the end result, but because of the actions of individuals during and after the scheduled game. The club commits its players, coaches and fans to a high standard of professional conduct, based on respect, integrity and honor for the game of football.”

The statement went on to say the Irish disciplined the players involved in the dusting.

“The incident of physical altercations between players, coaches and fans after the match will not be tolerated and appropriate internal disciplinary action has been taken against club members in accordance with the procedure set out in the team’s statutes,” the statement said. “With this action, the club intends to prioritize similar actions by both the Cold Lake Fighter Jets organization and the Alberta Football League to ensure a safe, fair and inclusive environment for all participants in Alberta Football League games.”

The Fighter Jets released a similar statement on their own Facebook page, which is credited to Daniel Jubinville and Damen Schaub, the team’s president and general manager.

The AFL responded to a request for comment from AirdrieToday with a statement of its own, attributed to league president Vince Roth, saying the AFL will not condone “any of the actions during and after Saturday night’s game” between Airdrie and Cold Lake.

The written response added that AFL representatives will be speaking with representatives from both teams and also going through video footage of the game to try to determine exactly what happened.

“Upon completion of this process, the league will take appropriate disciplinary action against those involved,” the statement said. “We apologize to everyone present and hope to finish the season without further incident.”

The Irish’ next game is on June 25 when they travel north to take on the Edmonton Elite. The Elite currently hold a 1-1 record after enjoying a bye week last weekend.

According to the Irish’s social media, the next game will have a potential impact on the team’s chance for home field advantage for the AFL playoffs.

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