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IHSA Class 5A Championship Football

Nazareth Academy football players hold up the state championship trophy after winning the Class 5A title on Nov. 28, 2015 in DeKalb. Nazareth will play for this year's Class 7A title on Saturday in Champaign after a judge denied an emergency order sought by Chicago Simeon supporters amid claims a parent of a Nazareth player posed as a referee and influenced the outcome of a quarterfinal playoff game.

CHICAGO — A Cook County judge has denied an emergency order sought by a Chicago high school alumni group that claims a parent of an opposing player wore a referee uniform and influenced the outcome of the game.

The ruling against the Simeon Alumni Association means this weekend's state football finals in Champaign will go on scheduled.

The alumni association and parents of Simeon Career Academy players filed the lawsuit against the Illinois High School Association after Simeon lost a Class 7A quarterfinal game, 34-27, to Nazareth Academy of La Grange Park.

The lawsuit says a Nazareth parent dressed as a referee influenced calls made by the officiating crew at the Nov. 10 game.

Attorney Shay Allen says a complaint was also filed with the Illinois High School Association. An IHSA official declined to comment.

Nazareth Academy is scheduled to play St. Charles North for the 7A title at 4 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

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