Whitecaps release defender Wesley Charles - Canadian Press


VANCOUVER, B.C. — The Vancouver Whitecaps have run out of patience with defender Wesley Charles.

The United Soccer League Division club released Charles on Wednesday after the defender scuffled with a teammate in a on-field incident, the second in as many months.

According to a club statement, Charles took exception to a tackle by fellow defender Jeff Parke during Tuesday's training session and attempted to strike Parke. Charles was immediately dismissed from the grounds and training resumed.

"This is the second incident between Wesley Charles and a teammate in just over a month, and as a result, we have decided to release Charles outright," said Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi. "As a club, we do not condone any violence on or off the pitch, and take such actions very seriously."

Charles' first incident with a teammate came during a home game against Miami on June 12. Charles was involved in an altercation with forward Charles Gbeke, which resulted in monetary fines and suspensions for both players.

Charles joined the Whitecaps on July 11, 2008, and played in 33 matches over two half-seasons with the club. Prior to his move to the Whitecaps, Charles spent 11 seasons in the League of Ireland.

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