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Shea sent packing over 'unsavory' incident
by Paul Kennedy, March 10th, 2014 3:43PM

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[AMERICANS ABROAD] Brek Shea's English career has reached a new low as Barnsley, 23rd out of 24 teams in the League Championship, has ended his loan spell prematurely after being involved in what its manager, Danny Wilson, described as an "unsavory" incident with club fans on March 1.

Shea joined Stoke City in January 2013 but injuries and poor form limited him to three EPL appearances in two seasons with the Potters. He was loaned to Barnsley in January. The second of two loan spells wasn't set to expire until April 3, but the club issued a statement on Monday that Shea was returning to Stoke.

The incident in question took place after a 5-0 loss at archrival Huddersfield dropped Barnsley temporarily into last place in English soccer's second division. Midfielder Stephen Dawson became involved in an argument with a group of Barnsley fans. Shea came over to support Dawson and is alleged to have made an obscene gesture at a fan.

On Friday, Shea apologized for his actions via twitter:

“I would like to unreservedly apologize for what happened at the end of the Huddersfield match last week. Although my actions were aimed at one person who was abusing a teammate I realize I should not have reacted in that way in the heat of the moment. I regret those actions and the offense it has caused. I did not intend to offend the Barnsley fans who have shown tremendous support for the team. The best way I can show this and repay you, the fans, is with my performances on the pitch.”

Unfortunately, he won't get that chance as the apology was not enough to keep his place in the Barnsley squad. He was absent from Saturday's 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest and sent packing on Monday.

"It's about the fans," Barnsley manager Danny Wilson told reporters Monday. "What happened was unsavory and we have to make sure that the situation doesn't escalate or effect the team. The fans were fantastic on Saturday and we don't want anything acrimonious."

This wasn't the first time Shea was involved in trouble.

At the end of last season, he posted on Instagram a picture of a severed pig’s head involved in a season-ending prank in Stoke City’s locker room that turned out badly when Kenwyne Jones, furious about having the pig's head placed in his locker, through a brick through teammate Glenn Whelan’s car window.

In July, Shea had to apologize after -- again on Instagram -- he posted a picture of himself brandishing two shotguns.

Despite his limited role at Stoke and Barnsley, where he leaves after making eight appearances, he was recalled for the USA's game against Ukraine, coming on in the second half.

He had stayed with the USA during the Gold Cup and ended up scoring the winning goal in the final.


4 comments
  1. Ken Jamieson
    commented on: March 10, 2014 at 7:36 p.m.
    Of course the fans were getting into it with his teammate, the club had just lost a game 5-0 and had dropped to last place. The fans had every reason to be less than satisfied and were probably venting against a player that they felt gave less than their all. Breck's assessment that his teammate was being abused does not justify making an obscene gesture. The fans are fully justified to vent their frustration for a poor performance, they pay the players' salaries. The fact that Shea continues to act before thinking only serves to underline why he will never be more than a fringe player. during his MLS days he used physical tactics to hide shortcomings in skill and talent, even in the Championship you can't cover up lack of talent in that manner.

  1. Robert Kiernan
    commented on: March 11, 2014 at 4:15 a.m.
    Yeah he clearly shoots first and thinks after the fact... his classic statement while playing with Dallas of not being a fan of Mexican food is typical, you can indeed not be a fan and choose to eat what you like, but to publicly state that sort of thing when a good chunk of those attending the matches shows a complete lack of restraint on his part, it just wasn't something that needed to be "Shared" and he continues to do these things... at some point you have to realize that you are not just another random person but are a public representative of your club, you have to "opt out" of some of this stuff. But he has repeatedly been rewarded with NAT call ups after doing something stupid, say his totally unprovoked attack on Chris Albright of the Red Bulls resulting in a deserved straight Red Card, followed by his first call ups by Bob Bradley for the Poland and Colombia friendlies a few years back... just very much an immature pampered player who is going to run out of chances soon.

  1. John DiFiore
    commented on: March 12, 2014 at 3:44 a.m.
    He's a footballer, not running for frickin president.. who really cares about these MINOR incidents.. He flipped someone off, BFD!! I can only imagine what those fans were saying!!THEIR LOSS. Eventhough the guy's had stumbled on the pitch from time to time, I still like that the guy has balls and is real. Look forward to seeing him progress on the pitch. He's going to be dangerous one day.

  1. John DiFiore
    commented on: March 12, 2014 at 4:14 a.m.
    America's Balotelli!


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