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Pro Soccer Player Kicks Opponent In The Back During Stopped Play

A professional soccer player sent his spikes into the back of an opponent while play was stopped during a match in Pittsburgh on Saturday night, sending the player to the ground.

In the final minutes of the USL match, Pittsburgh Riverhounds’ Romeo Parkes and New York Red Bull II’s Karl Ouimette got into a scuffle after the Bulls’ Tyler Adams tackled Willie Hunt from behind.

The ref issued red cards to both Ouimette and Parkes, ejecting them from the game. As they were walking out, Parkes plunged his cleat into the back of Ouimette, who was on loan from the MLS team the Red Bulls. Paramedics carried the defender off the field. The extent of his injuries was unclear.

After the attack, players again got into a scuffle, which officials were able to break up.

Parkes, a native of Jamaica, will face a violent conduct charge, which could carry a suspension and fine. 

Late Saturday night, Parkes offered a public apology.

Players expressed their concern for Ouimette.

The Red Bulls won the match, their first encounter of the season with the Riverhounds, 3 to 1.

(H/T to @jerzyiroc, who shared clips of the match.)

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2016/05/07/soccer-kicks-back_n_9863400.html

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