Video: Player guilty of vicious on-field assault banned for remainder of the season
Pittsburgh Riverhounds' striker Romeo Parkes will not play for his side again this season
The United Soccer League, the third tier of football, in the US made the decision after Parkes vicious on-field assault over the weekend.
He lashed out with his studs after and both he and the New York Red Bulls' second string player Karl Ouimette were sent off in the 86th minute of their game at the weekend.
Parkes, a Jamaican international and his team's leading scorer took to Twitter to apologise for his conduct after the game.
Was unwarrented and i ask for my fans, the league and my teammates as well as the New York Red Bulls to accept my sincere apology.— Romeo Parkes (@ovando678) May 8, 2016
Riverhounds’ head coach Mark Steffens said: “It was very embarrassing. I would anticipate that there will be action taken by the USL, and we will be taking action as well. This was way out of left field for him (Parkes). We didn’t see this coming at all. He’s been a quality player for us. Obviously we’re very disappointed in this behavior”.
Parkes subsequently had his contract with the Roverhounds terminated and he was banned by the USL for the remainder of the 2016 season.