SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A high school principal in Texas says the school's assistant football coach has acknowledged directing two players to a hit a referee during a game earlier this month.

In an internal school district statement first reported by ESPN (http://es.pn/1OuBule), John Jay High School Principal Robert Harris says assistant coach Mack Breed told him he asked the students to hit the referee because the ref had used racial slurs and missed calls.

The referee, Robert Watts, has denied using any slurs.

The two suspended students, Michael Moreno and Victor Rojas, appeared at a disciplinary hearing yesterday. A decision is pending from the Northside School District on the students' possible punishment.

Breed remains suspended from the district. He did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.