After complaints from Arab-American and Muslim leaders, a Dearborn Heights judge threw out today assault and battery charges that had been filed against four high school football players of Arab descent for on-field activity against an opposing team.

The four high schoolers were charged Dec. 30 by Wayne County prosecutors with criminal misdemeanor charges stemming from an Oct. 21 game between their team, International Star Academy in Dearborn Heights, and Lutheran High School in Westland. According to prosecutors, the four players attacked the quarterback late in the game after both teams and the referee had mutually agreed that the quarterback would kneel the ball to run out the clock.

The quarterback who was tackled was admitted to the hospital with a concussion.

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