Emily DroobyOct 5, 2017, 7:07 pm

Police: Dad put teen youth football coach in choke hold

Peter Iappelli allegedly attacked the 16-year-old over his son's removal from a youth flag football game


A peewee flag football game turned ugly afer 50-year-old Peter Iappelli allegedly placed a 16-year-old fill-in coach into a choke hold this past weekend.

Fred Kritzer, commissioner of the North Jersey NFL Flag Football League told FiOS1 News that the incident began because Iappelli was upset that his child was taken out of being the quarterback.

The teen did finish coaching the game after the incident, but was later brought to Hackensack University Medical Center after complaining of neck pain. The victim happens to be the son of Westwood councilman Roberrt Bicocchi.

Police say that Iapelli, who works as a Closter's School Business Administrator, turned himself in after the incident and has been charged with simple assault and a disorderly persons offense.

Kritzer said that he was disheartened by the situation.

"I want to move forward with this so we can go back to having fun. It's an unfortunate rogue situation that happened," Kritzer said.

According to Kritzer, both Iapelli and his family have been banned from the league, saying that while it is unfortunate for his child, they cannot have a similar situation occurring again.

"We need to be role models, and I think we all have to take a look at ourselves if this is how important a 40-minute flag football game becomes," Kritzer said.

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