Rangers to punish players involved in brawl
Southampton Rangers have issued an apology for bringing a Premier Division match at Somerset Cricket Club at the weekend into disrepute.
Rangers's match against hosts Somerset Trojans last Sunday was abandoned in the 65th minute after a brawl involving the visitor's players and fans broke out.
“The Southampton Rangers Sports Club would like to wholeheartedly apologise to the Bermuda Football Association, the Southampton Rangers community and the island for the behaviour of our senior football team,” a club spokesperson told Bernews.
“We as a community club are disappointed and embarrassed; we do not condone antisocial behaviour either at our grounds or at neighbouring clubs.”
The club has vowed to take “swift” disciplinary action for those involved in the brawl.
“The Club has begun the disciplinary process for the players and those involved in the altercation and will act swiftly in handing out the necessary punishment for all parties involved,” the spokesperson added.
The incident was sparked by a heated argument involving Rangers player Kamali Davis over who would take a penalty that the visitors were awarded.
The argument lasted close to ten minutes before Davis converted the penalty to put Rangers 1-0 ahead.
According to eyewitnesses, Rangers fans were upset by Davis's behaviour and demanded coach Jomar Wilkinson to substitute the player, which he promptly acted upon.
However, while Davis was making his way off the field he became involved with another argument with substitute Keedai Astwood which then escalated with Rangers fans rushing onto the field to get involved.
Wilkinson was knocked unconscious by a blow to the head, alleged to have been thrown by Davis, as he tried to break up the brawl and taken to hospital for treatment.
The BFA have condemned the incident and referred the matter to their Disciplinary Committee.
Meanwhile, the Rangers spokesperson added: ”As we strive to neutralise and curb the image of Southampton Rangers Sports Club, we do not wish for this singular incident to reflect the direction of the club. The club hold a progressive base and constantly look for forward progression to not only benefit the club but the community at large.
“It is to be noted, that among the negatives which frequently cast light on Southampton Rangers Sports Club. There are few highlights which include the creation and growth of several youth programs including the U7 and U11 youth football teams, along with the creation of the Netball team. Southampton Rangers now have a competing pool and chess team.
“The clubhouse is the home for the number of rugby games along with the hosting of the Unity in the Community weekend surrounded by the arrival of Buju Banton in Bermuda in August of 2019. The club have also bred a senior national team player in the mould of Donte Brangman, who is a regular for the Seniors Bermuda Men's Football team and competed during the Gold Cup.
“The Ed Sherlock race is held annually at the club and brings over 200 road runners to the community. Not to mention, the never-ending exploits of the famous Southampton Rangers cricket team whose potential knows no ceiling and whose players regularly compete at Cup Match and internationally with Bermuda.
“Fortunately, for the community, Southampton Rangers is a hub for talent and growth. We acknowledge the uptick in antisocial behaviour, and we are constantly looking for ways to reduce and halt any behaviour in order to nurture and groom our talented youths.
“Again, we would like to wholeheartedly apologise to the community at large. Please do not allow this singular incident to reflect the direction of our club.”