Jordan Murrell Releases Apology After Red Card Incident
Jordan Murrell has since officially stepped down as club captain.
After Valour FC Captain Jordan Murrell received a red card for pushing aside a referee, the 26-year-old defender kicked a sideline assistant’s table in anger before shoving a security official out of his way as he headed for the locker room.
Suffice to say, fans and pundist alike are anticipating a hefty spell on the sidelines for the Valour FC man, which may range from a minimum of three games to potentially the rest of the fall season itself, depending on if the CSA charges him with assault on a match official.
Murrell has now released a written apology regarding the incident:
To all the staff, Halifax supporters, officials, and all of the Valour FC supports watching the match today, I want to state that I fully regret my actions and I apologize. I reacted in the heat of the moment and did not act in true representation of our team, the league, or my character. I am very sorry for my actions and to anyone I unintentionally affected.Jordan Murrell
It was expected that an apology would be forthcoming fairly quickly: Murrell knows his future with the club, in all likelihood, is hanging in the balance. Though the 26-year-old is on a multi-year contract with the Winnipeg-based club, many fans have already taken to social media to voice their distaste regarding how he represented the club.
For the moment, it’s unclear what the Canada Soccer Association will ultimately do. The organization is already investigating allegations of racism during a match between Cavalry FC and Forge FC two months ago, and had previously stepped in to deliver a post-game ban to Kyle Bekker for violent conduct towards Joseph Di Chiara after the league’s inaugural match.
Valour FC now finds itself winless in eleven matches, having conceded an astounding twenty goals throughout the run of poor form. One of the last things head coach Rob Gale will have needed is for one of his key defenders to pick up a multi-match suspension, but that’s the situation in which Valour FC now finds itself.
It is expected that club co-captain Skylar Thomas will take the armband for the time being. It’s unclear if Murrell will regain the captain’s armband when he does eventually return to the pitch for the Winnipeg-based club.
Valour FC will resume action this weekend when it travels to York Lions Stadium to play against York9 FC on Saturday without Murrell. The club’s only prior meeting saw the Nine Stripes win a 1-3 result away from home.
Source: Jordan Murrell (via Twitter)