Title sponsor Red Stripe expresses disappointment at finals fracas

By April 30, 2019

Red Stripe, the title sponsors of Jamaica’s premier league, have expressed their displeasure at what transpired during Monday night’s finals between champions Portmore United and Waterhouse FC but have committed to continue to support the competition.

They have also declared that they will work with stakeholders to provide a safer environment for players and fans.

With Portmore leading 1-0 with about eight minutes left in regulation,  fans located in the vicinity of where Waterhouse FC fans were sitting, began throwing projectiles onto the field while Waterhouse players attacked rival players and even fought among themselves.

The fracas delayed the game for about 10 minutes.

The title sponsors were not happy with what transpired.

“Red Stripe has expressed deep disappointment in the incident that occurred during the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) finals between Portmore United Football Club and Waterhouse Football Club at the National Stadium Monday night,” the sponsors said in a statement released on Tuesday.

During the incident, a Portmore United player – Damian Williams was injured by a missile, allegedly by spectators in the stands. The title sponsor described the incident as unfortunate and said it was happy to learn on Tuesday that Mr Williams was improving.

As part of the HEINEKEN Company, Red Stripe asserted that it has clearly defined policies against any kind of anti-social behaviour; and actively promotes safety for all stakeholders, employees and members of the public at sponsored events.

Meanwhile, Waterhouse FC issued a public apology on Tuesday while the Jamaica Football Federation has condemned the incident and promised to pursue disciplinary action against the guilty parties.

They have also offered apologies to Red Stripe.

The title sponsor said it has taken note of the public apologies issued by the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA), Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) and Waterhouse Football Club. The company is awaiting the outcome of promised discussions to prevent a recurrence of this incident. 

Red Stripe reiterated its commitment to supporting local football and said it would continue to stand up for good sportsmanship. They also promised to work with the PLCA and JFF in finding measures to make RSPL matches safer and create a more enjoyable atmosphere for all parties.

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