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Trio arrested for throwing objects on field at UA game

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Three people were arrested Saturday after fans threw garbage on the field during Alabama’s 27-24 win over Mississippi.

University spokesman Jeff Alford said two Ole Miss students and a juvenile were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Alford said no other information would be available until Monday, when university police will finish their incident reports.

“It was clearly a violation of conference rules, stadium rules and the law,” Alford said.

Alabama coaches urged players to keep their helmets on and get off the field quickly as the garbage began to fly. Coach Nick Saban also wanted to make sure his players weren’t “mugging” after officials overturned a play that would have given Ole Miss a chance to win or tie the game.

“There is no class in that,” Saban said. “I just want our players to represent the university with class. If (Ole Miss fans) want to be classless, that’s their business.”

The hail of garbage began as officials announced the call that Shay Hodge made catch that gave Ole Miss first-and-goal with 7 seconds left would be overturned.

Among the garbage tossed on the field were whiskey and vodka bottles and a complete set of red high heel shoes.

A photographer was apparently bloodied by a flying bottle, but no other injuries were reported.

“I just put my helmet on and strapped it up when the bottles started flying,” defensive back Simeon Castille said.

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