Queensland Firebirds apologise to West Coast Fever player after alleged spitting incident

Queensland Firebirds have issued an apology to West Coast Fever player Verity Charles after she was allegedly spat at in Brisbane on Saturday night.

The incident was alleged to have taken place in the popular eating and tourist precinct of South Bank.

Firebirds chief executive Catherin Clark released a statement on Sunday saying the incident “involved four women, one wearing a Firebirds supporter shirt”.

Clark said one person spat on the ground in front of Edwards, who is a former Firebirds player.

She said she had spoken to Edwards and offered an “unreserved apology”.

“Let me be absolutely clear — this behaviour will not be tolerated by our club,” Clark said in the statement.

“Those involved should be ashamed of themselves. The person wearing a Firebirds shirt should hand it back.

“The act of spitting towards anyone is despicable, notwithstanding the risks in the current COVID-19 environment. Behaviour of this nature has absolutely no place in our sport or society more broadly.”

Clark said the Firebirds were investigating the alleged incident.

“We are in the process of identifying these women and what connection they have to our club,” she said.

The Fever are currently based in south-east Queensland, with much of the Super Netball season being staged in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast because of COVID-19.