USMNT midfielder Brek Shea, on loan at Barnsley, has issued an apology via Twitter for an incident last weekend.
Following Barnsley’s 5-0 demolition at the hands of Huddersfield that sent them bottom of the Championship, Shea and teammate Stephen Dawson were both involved in spats with supporters.
According to the players, they were receiving abuse from a small pocket of supporters that riled them up. Allegedly, Dawson began a verbal confrontation with the fan and Shea made an offensive gesture after his teammate was restrained.
“I’m really disappointed with what was said to me,” said Dawson on Saturday through the official Barnsley website, and today, Shea echoed those sentiments.
“My actions were aimed at one person who was abusing a teammate,” the US international confirmed on Twitter.
However, Shea and Dawson both took full responsibility for their actions.
“I would like to unreservedly apologize for what happened at the end of Huddersfield match last week,” said the American.
Shea is hoping to move on from things, noting that “the best way I can show this and repay you, the fans, is with my performances on the pitch.”
Derby day’s electricity comes in high voltage, especially when the end result finds your club on the losing end of a 5-0 scoreline that heightens relegation danger.
That’s what happened to Barnsley in their weekend match with Huddersfield Town, and there are reports of unsavory encounters between Tykes supporters in the stadium and a pair of Barnsley players that includes on-loan American winger Brek Shea.
It’s not sounding pretty. Here’s a bit from Doug O’Kane at the Barnsley Chronicle:
(Stephen) Dawson was seen shouting at one individual fan and moving towards him before he was restrained by Shea and Peter Ramage. Shea – who is currently on international duty with the USA – is alleged to have stuck his fingers up to the supporters in an offensive gesture.
Dawson, for his part, has already apologized. The report says the team does not expect to say anything further regarding Shea until he returns from US camp.
“In relation to an alleged incident concerning Brek Shea: the matter is currently under investigation and a further statement will be made upon Brek’s return from international duty.”
Shea turned 24 on Friday, and certainly is reaching the age where he should know better than to “flip the bird” or any other kind of obscene gesture… especially at his home fans. Not a great moment for the big Texan.