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Angry crowds demonstrate over sacking of Penn State’s Joe Paterno

About 2,000 people gathered at State College, Pennsylvania on Wednesday night to protest the sacking of Penn State coach Joe Paterno. Riot police were deployed and order was eventually restored despite a number of arrests and damage to cars in the area.

Joe Paterno was allegedly fired after a meeting of the Board of Trustees, at which it was allegedly decided to terminate both Paterno and Graham Spanier, the school’s president for the past 16 years. The move came after Paterno, who has been with Penn State for more than half a century, had previously indicated that he would step down at the end of the season.

The crisis has erupted following claims that former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was allegedly involved in the sexual abuse of a number of young boys. Although neither Paterno or Spanier are accused of any wrongdoing, questions have been asked about whether more could have been done to deal with the allegations against Sandusky when they first arose.

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