Boys’ Town’s Virgo accepts apology from ‘Tuffy’
Boys' Town stalwart defender Xavian Virgo says he holds no ill feelings towards temperamental Waterhouse striker Jermain 'Tuffy' Anderson, who knocked him unconscious with an elbow during their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) football game at Barbican Field last Sunday.
"Tuffy called me the night. Although I could not really hear what he was saying because the line was breaking up, I knew he was apologising, so I just told him that everything was all right and that there were no hard feelings," he said.
"This is something that Tuffy Anderson always does in a game. He plays like that. It's a natural thing for him," admitted Virgo.
"It's dangerous because it was a scary moment for me. But it was just a challenge, and I came out on the bad side of it. He could have come out on the wrong side as well. So I have nothing against Tuffy. It's just one of those days. It's football all over," Virgo told The Gleaner at a Locker Room Sports KSAFA Jackie Bell KO match at their Collie Smith Drive grounds on Tuesday, which Boys' Town won 4-2 over Maxfield Park.
Virgo also implored.
"All I am just saying as a player is that we need to be more careful because it might happen to somebody else and it might be worse," he said.
"Some of the players need to be careful when they are playing because serious things can happen in football and some of us have our families to take care of. We are not playing to hurt each other, even though we play to win, play aggressive and hard, but be careful when they are out there playing."
The 30-year-old said he went blank after being hit but is pleased to know that he did not receive any major damage.
"Tuffy jumped in front of me, swung his elbow and hit me in the centre of my face. I fell to the ground and saw blood coming from my face and I called to the referee, who was running towards me, looked at it and said 'Tuffy, you see what you did?'. Then after that, I can't tell you what happened as I passed out.
"But none of the bones were damaged, so that was good. I only have a little pain to the neck. But all in all, I am recovering well ... . By the next game, I should be ready because I returned to training this (Tuesday) morning," he disclosed.