Officials condemn threats targeting CIAC, DPH decision-makers after announcement HS football will not be played this fall

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(WTNH) — The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) is expressing its disappointment over reports of threats targeting the Dept. of Public Health Commissioner and others over the decision to not play high school football season this season amid COVID-19 concerns.

RELATED: CIAC decides high school football will not be played this fall

The CIAC made the decision Friday in alignment with the Department of Public Health recommendations. It’s a high-risk full-contact sport, which would hinder efforts in preventing the spread of COVID-19, officials say.

Now, people upset with the decision are reportedly taking it out on officials.

CIAC Executive Director Glenn Lugarini posted to Twitter calling people out for threatening the CIAC and DPH over its decision.

Connecticut Speaker of the House and Berlin High School football coach Joe Aresimowicz also sounded off on social media about the threats.

“Despite our feelings, we cannot tolerate threatening people,” Aresimowicz said in his post.

Sunday afternoon at Blue Back Square in West Hartford, high school football players, coaches, and parents, and friends from around the state protested the CIAC’s decision that full-contact football this fall was not a viable option for students amid the pandemic. Another protest is scheduled Wednesday at the State Capitol.

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