Shot fired as players, fans clash in match brawl - St Catherine FA investigates incident
The St Catherine Football Association (SCFA) has launched an investigation after a shot was reportedly fired during a fracas between players and fans of Newland and New Raiders FC during a Major League match on Monday.
The contest, which took place at the Spanish Town Prison Oval, descended into chaos after players and fans traded blows, saw one off-duty policeman reportedly discharging his firearm in an effort to restore order.
According to reports, the game was nearing its end when a Raiders player was shown the red card for a hard tackle on an opposing player. This led to players from both teams squaring off in a fist fight, triggering the involvement of rivalling supporters.
According to information reaching The Gleaner, the off-duty lawman, who was watching the game, fired a single shot to calm the melee, before helping to restore order and the resumption of the game. The match was completed at full time, 3-1 in favour of Newland.
SANCTIONS COULD BE APPLIED
However, SCFA boss Peter Reid said the association is conducting an investigation into the incident and that the appropriate sanctions will be applied after the facts are ascertained.
"We take any incident like this very seriously as discipline is the hallmark of St Catherine FA and we will leave no stone unturned. Our competition's committee is doing their investigation and will make their findings known and then make a decision based on the rules.
"If it is something the rules address, we will apply it accordingly, but if it is more than that, we have to refer it to the disciplinary committee. So until those things have happened, we have nothing more to say," he said.
"We apologise to our sponsor FLOW and the football fraternity, because things like this should not happen ... . It's very unfortunate to have a situation like that," added Reid.
Efforts to contact officials from both teams proved futile.