Wright State men's soccer team's match cancelled due to protests in Charlottesville
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WKEF/WRGT) - The Wright State University men's soccer team had been planning on having an exhibition match against the University of Virginia Saturday afternoon, but plans quickly changed when violent protests erupted.
Organizers of the "Unite the Right" rally said they went to Emancipation Park Saturday to demonstrate against moving a statue of confederate general Robert E. Lee from a city park. Counter-protesters also showed up to demonstrate, and the event quickly evolved into what has been declared an unlawful assembly.
The Virginia National Guard was called in to clear the area, and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency for the state.
UVA released a statement saying that due to the ongoing safety concerns in connection with the situation, all scheduled events and programming was cancelled for Saturday, including the Wright State Game. Head Coach Bryan Davis confirmed the team was on their way home without playing the match.
WSU President Cheryl B. Schrader tweeted about the incident, expressing her concern for the team.
Players are expected to be home late in the evening Saturday.