THE board and management of defending Red Stripe Premier League champions Portmore United have apologised to all stakeholders for the incident involving its captain Adrian Reid during Sunday’s game against Cavalier at Stadium East.
Reid, who has also represented the senior national team, was ejected in the first minute of time added for violent conduct, but then appeared to have hit a female spectator with a thrown projectile which resembled a pebble as he marched towards the players’ quarters.
Police officers and security personnel had to intervene and simmer a potential firestorm, as the victim and a handful of followers made their way to the dressing room to seek revenge.
In a release to the media on Monday, the club apologised to the local governing body the Jamaica Football Federation, the Professional Football Association of Jamaica (PFAJ), organisers of the RSPL, all other sponsors, Cavalier SC, and fans in attendance at the game, especially Suzette Martin.
The release added that the club was still conducting internal investigations and it emphasised that the “incident in no way, shape or form reflects the values and principles of Portmore United Football Club”.
“We, therefore, wish to disassociate the club from any act of violence in our game, verbal or physical, on field or off field. We are strong believers in ‘Fair Play’.”
The club has also made it clear that as soon as its probe was completed, appropriate action will be taken accordingly.