Romeo Parkes' USL contract terminated - Reggae Boy stomps opponent after being shown red card
The Pittsburgh Riverhounds have terminated the contract of Romeo Parkes as he stomped an opponent after being shown the red card, in Saturday's United Soccer League (USL) football match against the New York Red Bulls II.
Parkes kicked Red Bulls defender Karl Ouimette in the back late in the second half as frustrations boiled over as the Hounds were poised for another loss at home, with the score 1-3. Parked had scored the lone goal for his team, while his Jamaican counterpart, Junior Flemmings, provided an assist for New York Red Bulls.
The ugly reaction to a red card left Ouimette on a stretcher and Parkes facing a lengthy ban and possibly even more.
Yesterday, the team decision was announced by owner Tuffy Shallenberger, who cited conduct detrimental to the team and the USL.
APOLOGIES TO ALL
"I want to apologise to the fans and the Red Bulls II Organisation, as well as Karl Ouimette, for what transpired at the game last night," Shallenberger stated in an interview with the Washington Post. "Romeo's actions are not representative of what our organisation and its academy stand for in regards to helping promote and grow this sport in not only the Greater Allegheny area, but also nationwide.
"We understand the severity of this situation and made it a point to respond as quickly as possible within our power."
Pittsburgh's head coach, Mark Steffens, reflected Shallenberger's sentiments.
"As I stated last night, this is an unfortunate situation and one that was embarrassing for not only myself, but also the staff and the organisation." Steffens said. "The discipline being handed out is one that we, as a staff, consider to be fair and completely justified. The actions were not representative of what this team stands for as a whole."
Parkes tweeted an apology yesterday.
"To the fans, my teams, the city of PGH, NY Red Bulls 2 and the USL, I recognised that my action was wrong and inappropriate and I sincerely apologise and regret my actions," he said.
"Despite the continuous altercation throughout the game, my further action after I was carded was unwarranted and I ask for my fans, the league and my teammates, as well as the New York Red Bulls to accept my sincere apology."
The 26-year-old Parkes scored five goals in six appearances for Pittsburgh Riverhounds since joining three months ago. He had spent the previous two years with A D Isidro Metap·n in El Salvador. In 2014, Parkes helped the team win the Apertura Championship and reach the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champion League.
He also represented St George's FC, Highgate United, Tivoli Gardens FC, and Boys' Town FC locally.
He was part of the Jamaica team at the Copa AmÈrica tournament in Chile last year and was named in a 40-man provisional squad for the historic Copa Centennial, which takes place in the United States from June 3-26.