High school football player ejected from game, suspended from playoffs for pointing after TD

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EL MIRAGE, AZ – Professional athletes seem to point up in the air a lot, usually after scoring or making a big play.

But if you’re Pedro Banda, a high school football player in El Mirage, Arizona pointing during a game results in a kick off: You getting kicked off the field.

Video of the game shows Banda scoring a touchdown and then pointing to the sky to praise God.

“I scored and I was running to my brother who was also on the field, and I put my hand to my face mask and pointed up to the sky,” Banda said.

Officials ejected him from the game for excessive celebration.

“Now I don’t get to play my senior year in our playoffs where our school hasn’t had a winning record or been in the playoffs in over 25 years.”

Banda has been pointing to the sky after touchdowns since he was 8 years old.

His mother can’t believe what’s happened. “It’s a thing him and his brother do,” said Angela Franco.

“They always do it to thank God for everything they’ve been through. If it is a rule, I would have liked to have been informed of it.”

Banda is appealing the suspension, and hopes officials will get his point.

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