Waterhouse apologizes, JFF condemns ugly end to RSPL final

By April 30, 2019

Waterhouse Football has issued an apology for their role in the unfortunate turn of events that marred the ending the 2018/2019 Red Stripe Premier League season at the National Stadium in Kingston on Monday night.

Waterhouse fans threw missiles onto the field disrupting the final 10 minutes of the game and subsequently invaded the playing area delaying the game for several minutes. Some of the Waterhouse players attacked some of their Portmore United opponents and fought among themselves

In the wake of the unfortunate affair, Waterhouse on Tuesday were contrite and issued a statement to that effect.

“The management, staff and players of Waterhouse Football Club, would like to publicly apologize to Red Stripe Jamaica Limited, The Professional Football Association of Jamaica, The Jamaica Football Federation, The Premier Clubs Association, all other sponsors of the Red Stripe Premier League, our club sponsors, patrons and viewers of the finals and football lovers across Jamaica, for the role we played in an ugly final, marred by violence on and off the field,” said the statement from club president Donovan White.

“Tonight (Monday), was a black eye on the sport of football in this country and we played a role in it, for that we must take responsibility and commit to ensuring this is never repeated.”

Club chairman Bruce Bicknell slammed the fans who were guilty of throwing projectiles at the field during the game when Portmore United were leading 1-0 in the 82nd minute.

“To the fans in the stands that threw missiles on the field of play, this has absolutely no place in our sport, you should be ashamed for the embarrassment you have caused on the sport of football and your community,” Bicknell said.

Meanwhile, the Jamaica Football Federation has condemned the incident and are considering what disciplinary action to take against those responsible.

“The Jamaica Football Federation condemns in the strongest possible way the incidences that led to a protracted game in the 2019 RSPL Finals on Monday,” the statement from the JFF said.

“Bottle throwing by spectators and negative behaviour by some players resulted in a display, not in keeping with the excellent tradition of Jamaica in the staging of important games at our premier football location.

“The JFF will immediately hold discussions with the match organisers and the clubs to quickly make recommendations for disciplinary actions as well as to ensure no recurrence of like incidences.”

The governing body apologised to title sponsor Red Stripe, the other sponsors and the majority of football fans present for this negative indiscretion of a few.


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