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Maine West High School soccer players, coaches accused of ‘misconduct’

Updated: October 13, 2012 11:02PM

Several Maine West High School soccer players and their coaches are facing disciplinary action after they were accused of “inappropriate conduct,” district officials said.

Varsity soccer coach Michael Divincenzo and freshman coach Emilio Rodriguez, along with three other coaches who are not district teachers, have been temporarily reassigned with pay, according to a statement from Maine Township High School District 207.

Several players on the boys’ soccer team are facing disciplinary action and are not being permitted to play pending the outcome of the investigation, the statement said.

No details were given but the matter has been reported to the Des Plaines police and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, the statement said.

Des Plaines police on Saturday did not immediately return calls for comment.

“We have clear expectations for the conduct of our athletes and coaches, and if there are allegations of misconduct we have a duty to take them seriously, to conduct an objective investigation of the facts, and to respond accordingly,” District 207 Superintendent Dr. Ken Wallace said in the statement.

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