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Cheerleaders ticketed for performing in the road

Sept. 30, 2013 at 1:58 PM   |   Comments

LONDON, Ontario, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- A cheerleading coach at the University of Western Ontario in Canada said the team's captain was ticketed for leading a street-side cheer during homecoming.

Coach David Tracey said team captain Max Gow led a cheer routine in the street in a student neighborhood in London while walking to Saturday's homecoming game, the QMI Agency reported Monday.

Tracey said police approached as three male cheerleaders were throwing a female cheerleader into the air. The officers told them they could not perform the routine in the street and Gow was issued a $136 ticket.

"It's homecoming. Are we not supposed to generate spirit? We're the cheerleading team for goodness sake," Tracey said.

The ticket said Gow was "causing a nuisance in the street by conducting a cheerleading performance."

A police spokeswoman said she could not comment on the ticket until speaking with the issuing officer.

Tracey said the street was already filled with people when the cheerleaders started performing.

"If were truly blocking the street and tying up traffic and causing some kind of public disturbance then maybe I'd almost understand it, but not in this scenario," Tracey said.

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