Trio serving bans from PHC Field
Bermuda winger Lejaun Simmons is among a trio of players serving bans from playing at PHC Field, The Royal Gazette can reveal.
Robin Hood’s Simmons, Devonshire Cougars striker Mark Steede and North Village goalkeeper Tahj Bell are each serving six-month bans from playing at the Warwick ground, the home venue of PHC.
Simmons and Steede were banned for their alleged involvement in a brawl outside of PHC’s clubhouse on Reid Street on April 1. Bell had sanctions imposed upon him for his alleged involvement in a verbal exchange with former PHC player and Bermuda coach Kyle Lightbourne at the same venue on the same night.
Michael Trott, the PHC president, confirmed that the trio have been banned from the club’s ground.
“I can confirm that it was a six-month ban that started in June and will be ending on December 31,” the former Zebras player said. “The matter was addressed and as far as we are concerned it’s closed. That’s as far as we’re going.”
The fracas took place outside Pembroke Hamilton Club on Reid Street just hours after PHC clinched their tenth Premier Division title.
A witness told The Royal Gazette in April that there was “chaos” as people became involved in a fight outside the club at about 11pm.
The witness, who asked not to be named, said there was “a bunch of people fighting and people around them trying to break it up”.
He said the trouble started as he was about to enter the club’s premises and he did not know what sparked it.
A four-minute video of the brawl later circulated on social media. One man is seen to grab on to a pole and flying a kick at another man. The video also shows men pushing and shoving each other on the sidewalk, between parked cars, and in the road. Several people can be seen trying to restrain those involved.
The video ended as police sirens are heard. The witness said several police officers arrived at the scene moments later. It is understood that no charges were made relating to this incident.
Bell and Steede have already felt the effects of the ban having missed their team’s Dudley Eve Trophy group matches against Dandy Town and Somerset Trojans last month.
Bell also missed Village’s Premier Division game against Zebras last month. Simmons, who scored during Bermuda’s 12-0 win over Sint Maarten in the Concacaf Nations League qualifier at the National Stadium last Friday, will miss Hood’s league match against Zebras at PHC Field on October 27.
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