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Following a post-game altercation in San Pedro, Port Layola says the club doesn’t support violence

Posted: Tuesday, May 23, 2023. 4:41 pm CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Right after the San Pedro Pirates routed Port Layola 4-0 at Ambergris Stadium in San Pedro last Sunday and eliminated the Belize City side from their quest to reach the Premier League of Belize’s (PLB) Final, an altercation ensued. According to a Port Layola press release, the police intervened to quell the situation that resulted when a Port fan allegedly approached the referee questioning his officiating,

In the statement, Port Layola said that the game was very competitive as both teams, who were playing their second semifinal, knew what was at stake adding that the referee was “very aggressive trying to keep the game under control” and issued several cards.

“At the end of the game a Port Layola fan a Senior Citizen approached the referee to express his dissatisfaction and an altercation happened,” Port Layola wrote.

“The police intervened and accosted the fan causing other Port Layola fans to come to his aid.

In the video police are seen dragging a person, a scuffle develops with a number of people including Port Layola Players.

“At no point it was Players against Players or Fans against Fans,” Port explained.

“The altercation was with a couple Port Layola Fans and the Police who had the situation under control from it started. Emotions was very high and most of our fans felt that the game was unfairly officiated against Port Layola FC.

“We would like to state that Port Layola FC does not promote violence in football and we continue to work on building a professional football team to represent the City,” the Port statement closed.

With the 4-0 loss, Port, who had won the first leg 2-1, were eliminated by a 5-2 aggregate score.

Neither the PLB nor the Football Federation have said anything about the incident.


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