BFA launches probe into violence at football match
The Bermuda Football Association has launched an investigation into an act of violence that marred the First Division match between hosts Boulevard and Ireland Rangers at Goose Gosling Field on December 15.
It is understood that the Ireland Rangers team bus came under attack after the game ended in a goalless draw.
Members of the visiting team that were not on the bus are also understood to have been escorted from the premises in another vehicle driven by a member of the opposing team to ensure their safety.
The BFA has confirmed that the matter is being investigated.
“The association is aware of this incident and the investigation is currently under way to determine the facts of the matter,” spokesman Ajani Tucker told The Royal Gazette.
A police spokesman confirmed that the incident was not reported.
“There doesn’t appear to be any record of a report being made in relation to any such incident,” he said.
It is the second time a team bus has come under attack at a club ground in five years.
In October 2016, an unidentified Dandy Town player suffered cuts to his legs when the rear window of the team’s bus was smashed by what is believed to have been a brick thrown from among a small group of youths in the parking lot at Somerset Cricket Club.
The disturbance at Goose Gosling Field last week occurred just three days before St George’s and Bermuda midfielder Osagi Bascome was fatally stabbed during an altercation outside Fun Zone in St David’s on Saturday.
Several of the island’s sports club presidents emphasised that more community involvement is needed to help tackle violence and antisocial behaviour on the island at a panel discussion at CedarBridge Academy in March 2017.
Alfred Maybury, the former Somerset Cricket Club president, said that the problems faced by the clubs reflect what is happening in the community at large and the clubs cannot be expected to fix them alone.
The aim of the panel discussion was to act as a stepping stone for a community-derived solution to tackle violence associated with the island's sports clubs.