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WATCH: These high school American football players were penalised for honoring their dead friend

To make matters worse, the penalty cost them the game.

Reproduced with permission from Business Insider.

TWO PLAYERS AT Louisville High School in Ohio received excessive celebration penalties for pointing to the sky after scoring a touchdown last Friday.

The players — Gavis Schooler and Gavin Lovejoy — learned that their friend had died in a car accident just days before.

The gesture was to acknowledge that the friend “was there watching them.”

The penalty, usually reserved for taunting gestures, ended up being costly.

The touchdown put Louisville ahead 26-24 with 1:15 left in the game. But they eventually lost 27-26 on a field goal as time expired.

The assistant commissioner for the Ohio High School Athletic Association said it was the right call according to the rules, the AP reports.

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