Yesterday’s battle between the two most far-flung NASL markets ended in fireworks as PRFC defender Chris Nurse had to be held back and walked off the field by teammate David Meves and coach Adrian Whitbread. It later came to light that the Guyanese international was enraged by a an alleged racial comment made to him and identified Eddies midfielder Nicolas Di Biase as the offender.
The NASL made a comment this morning on the events that followed yesterday’s match.
“The NASL has opened an investigation with respect to an allegation that racially abusive comments were made by one player to another player during the FC Edmonton vs. Puerto Rico FC game on August 28, 2016. Per League policy, no further comment will be made while the investigation is ongoing.”
The club also made a statement soon after the league’s response.
“FC Edmonton was notified, Monday morning, that Puerto Rico FC had filed a complaint this morning regarding an alleged incident that occurred between both clubs during their August 28 match at Clarke Field. FC Edmonton takes these allegations very seriously and is working with the North American Soccer League to investigate the incident. The club will make no further comments while the investigation is ongoing.”
Di Biase, an Argentine who spent last year playing in Bolivia and in Spain before that, was acquired earlier this month.
Many eyes will be on this case to see how the NASL handles it.