Jamaican striker Romeo Parkes, who has had four appearances for the senior Reggae Boyz team, has had his contract with USL outfit Pittsburgh Riverhounds terminated after an off-play attack on an opposing player on Saturday.
The incident took place in the third-tier United Soccer League when Parkes launched a kick into the back of New York Red Bulls II centre-half Karl Ouimette after both players had been sent off the field of play and Quimette was complying.
Quimette ended up being stretchered off the field, while Parkes had to be physically restrained by his teammates and escorted off the field.
The contract termination decision was announced by team owner Tuffy Shallenberger, who cited conduct detrimental to the team and the United Soccer League.
“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 said. “Romeo’s actions are not representative of what our organisation and its academy stand for in regards to helping (to) 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, 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, 25, joined the team in February of this year, and was a stand-out for the team. He scored five goals in six league matches for the Riverhounds; in fact, a goal in each of his final five games.
Apart from his four appearances among the senior Reggae Boyz, he has represented several Jamaican clubs, including Tivoli Gardens and Boys’ Town.
Parkes is listed among the 40-man provisional squad for next month’s Copa America Centenario tournament, which will be held in the United States from June 3-26.
Since the public uproar over his conduct, Parkes has repeatedly apologised on social media, and asked for forgiveness for his intemperate action.