Red Bulls midfielder and ex-Arsenal academy star Dru Yearwood issues apology as his ban extended


New York Red Bulls midfielder and ex-Arsenal academy star Dru Yearwood issues a groveling apology as he has his ban extended until the end of the season for kicking a ball into his OWN fans and making a young girl cry

  • Dru Yearwood’s original suspension had an additional three games added to it
  • He was sent off in the final minutes of New York’s last game, for violent conduct
  • Yearwood will not be eligible to return until the Red Bulls begin postseason play
  • He has apologized and says he accepts the punishment handed down to him

New York Red Bulls midfielder Dru Yearwood was suspended for an additional three games on Friday for his actions during the game against the Philadelphia Union on September 3rd.

As the final minutes of stoppage time wound down, Yearwood was sent off after violently kicking a ball into a girl’s face. The incident left another child, who was possibly also struck, in the row in front in tears.

The Red Bulls have now released a new statement announcing that Yearwood was fined an undisclosed amount, and suspended an additional three games. 

New York Red Bulls’ Dru Yearwood was sent off after violently kicking a ball into a girl’s face

Yearwood was sent off for his violent conduct but later apologized in a statement with the club

Yearwood was sent off for his violent conduct but later apologized in a statement with the club

The suspension will rule Yearwood out for the remainder of the regular season, missing games against the New England Revolution, at New York City FC, at Columbus Crew, and vs Charlotte FC.

Yearwood immediately realized his mistake and rushed into the crowd in an attempt to apologize, only to be shunned away by a fan close to the girl who was hit, with distraught Red Bulls fans showing their disgust at the player. 

Chants of ‘a**hole’ were belted out inside the stadium.

The Red Bulls and Yearwood both released statements apologizing to the fan and sending them well wishes, following the incident.

Yearwood immediately realized his mistake and rushed into crowd in an attempt to apologize

Yearwood immediately realized his mistake and rushed into crowd in an attempt to apologize

Only to be shunned away by a Red Bulls fan (center) close to the girl who was hit (left)

Only to be shunned away by a Red Bulls fan (center) close to the girl who was hit (left)

The statement from the Red Bulls read: ‘The safety of everyone that attends our events at Red Bull Arena is of the utmost importance to our organization.

‘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.’ 

Yearwood walked off the field clearly dejected with his face buried into his shirt after the card

Yearwood walked off the field clearly dejected with his face buried into his shirt after the card

Yearwood’s initial 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.

‘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.

‘I hope the fans are OK and that they can forgive me.’ 

Following the announcement of the additional games Yearwood took Twitter to not only say he accepts, the suspension but also to ensure another such incident would not happen again.

Yearwood commented on the suspension saying he accepts his punishment on Friday

Yearwood commented on the suspension saying he accepts his punishment on Friday

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