The Pittsburgh Riverhounds have terminated Romeo Parkes’ contract.
The 25-year-old was sent off for kicking Karl Ouimette in the back during Saturday’s United Soccer League clash between the Riverhounds and the New York Red Bulls II in a nasty incident that Parkes admitted was unwarranted.
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Ouimette, on loan at Red Bulls II from the senior New York team, was taken to a hospital after the game but was able to travel back with his teammates.
However, Parkes can no longer claim to have any teammates after the Riverhounds took the decision to terminate his contract.
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Romeo Parkes kicks Karl Ouimette
In a club statement, owner Tuffy Shallenberger expressed his disappointment and admitted Parkes’ actions were not representative of what the Riverhounds are striving to achieve.
“I want to apologise to the fans and the Red Bulls II organization, as well as Karl Ouimette, for what transpired at the game last night,” Shallenberger said.
“Romeo’s actions are not representative of what our organisation and its Academy stands 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.”
Head coach Mark Steffens supported the decision and admitted he was left embarrassed by the whole affair.
“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 staff, consider to be fair and completely justified. The actions were not representative of what this team stands for as a whole.”
Parkes apologised on Twitter
Parkes, who has represented Jamaica, took to Twitter after Saturday’s game to express his regret.
“To the fans, my teams, the city of PGH, NY Red Bulls 2 and the USL, I recognized that my action was wrong and inappropriate,” the striker wrote.
“and I sincerely apologize and regret my actions. Despite the continous [sic] altercation throughout the game my further action after I was carded.
“Was unwarrented [sic] and i ask for my fans, the league and my teammates as well as the New York Red Bulls to accept my sincere apology.”
Out of character
Riverhounds captain claimed Parkes’ outburst was “out of character”.
“All of a sudden, I just see 20 boys getting after it,” Kerr told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
“[Parkes has] been the shining light of this season, to be fair to him. … He sits next to me in the locker room, and he’s the nicest guy you’ll meet.
“So obviously, I didn’t see what happened, but I think it was out of character.”
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