Dru Yearwood: NY Red Bulls star jumps into stands to apologize to girl for KICKING ball in her face after tantrum
The 22-year-old player got upset over giving away a foul as he then angrily kicked the ball toward the stands, striking a female fan sitting in the third row
HARRISON, NEW JERSEY: Dru Yearwood, best known as the New York Red Bulls midfielder, got into a little trouble during his latest outing against Philadelphia Union over the weekend. The British professional footballer, who was visibly frustrated during the match, ended up kicking the football hitting one of the fans in the stands.
According to The Daily Mail, the 22-year-old player got upset over giving away a foul as he then angrily kicked the ball striking a female fan sitting in the third row. Yearwood, quickly realizing his mistake, rushed to the stands to apologize to the fans. His efforts went in vain as the rest of the fans sent him back, not even allowing him to speak to the distraught fan. The incident also left a boy sitting in the same row crying as he was possibly also struck. Displeased fans shunned the footballer away despite him trying to apologize to the fan.
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A video shared by ESPN FC on its Twitter account sees a disappointed Yearwood retiring to the ground. The trouble only started here. The Daily Mail reported that a soccer player was sent off in the 94th minute of stoppage time following the incident. He ended up receiving a second yellow card from the referee, which resulted in a red-card send-off.
After the mishap, The Red Bulls and Yearwood both released statements. They apologized to the fan sending them well wishes. The statement from the Major League Soccer team read, “The safety of everyone that attends our events at Red Bull Arena is of the utmost importance to our organization,” adding, “Dru is incredibly remorseful and knows his actions were inexcusable, We will take measures to discourage this from occurring again. We along with Dru will continue to stay in contact with families to check on their well-being.”
Dru Yearwood was sent off after he kicked a ball in the stands and injured a couple of fans. He was turned away from consoling them after he jumped into the stands. pic.twitter.com/NC0kf7eesk— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 4, 2022
Sharing his part on the incident, Yearwood's statement read, “I want to apologize from the bottom of my heart to the fans who were hit by the ball I kicked at Saturday's match.” He continued, “My emotions got the best of me on this day, and I've let down the entire organization and every single New York Red Bulls fan,” concluding, “I hope the fans are OK and that they can forgive me.”
Yearwood had shared the statement on Instagram sans a caption. He also blocked the comments. For the unversed, Philadelphia Union went on to win the game 2-0. Unfortunately, Yearwood will miss the next game of the Red Bulls against the New England Revolution.
Official Statement from New York Red Bulls and Dru Yearwood pic.twitter.com/tgBz4LQcw3— New York Red Bulls (@NewYorkRedBulls) September 4, 2022