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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked Little League International to reconsider their decision. CEO Stephen Keener would not budge, telling the Mayor as difficult as the decision was and as tough as it has been emotionally on the children and their families, the decision by the organization’s charter committee to strip Jackie Robinson West of its title is final

An investigation revealed team officials falsified boundaries so they could add ineligible players to the roster and that the officials then scrambled to persuade surrounding leagues to go along with what they’d done. The decision has turned the young players into “perpetrators when they are victims,” Emanuel said, according to his office.

In Chicago where the march of the all-black team from the city’s South Side was one of the most heartwarming stories in recent memory, angry community activists made it clear that the fight to give the boys back their championship at the Little League World Series is not over.

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