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Incoming BFA technical director arrested

Incoming Bahamas Football Association (BFA) Technical Director Marc Bircham, English born, was arrested in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Friday, for alleged aggravated battery. News broke out about the arrest in the media on Saturday.

Bircham posted on Twitter on Saturday: “Want to thank everyone for the love and support I’ve received off them all, it means so much.”

BFA Secretary General Fred Lunn said the BFA does not have a contractual agreement with Bircham, but rather a signed letter of intent.

“For the record, we do not have an official agreement with Marc Bircham. The agreement would have been executed once we had proper documentations in place. I know that papers have reported or I have seen some articles stating that he’s the technical director but that has not been made official because we do not have a signed agreement,” Lunn said.

No official announcement was made by the BFA welcoming Bircham as the new technical director.

Bircham is a former player and captain for the Queens Park Rangers (QPR) in the first and second division in English football, playing between 2002-2007. In addition to QPR, the midfielder also played for Millwall and Yeovil Town – lower tiers of English football. Internationally, he played for Canada although he was born in England.

After retiring from playing on the pitch, Bircham served in different coaching capacities at QPR, Millwall, Chicago Fire, Arizona United then back to QPR – all professional clubs.

As to where the BFA goes from here, Lunn said they will have to wait on the facts and let the executive board decide.

“The only thing you and I have seen is what is being reported in the papers in the U.K. (United Kingdom),” said Lunn. “There is nothing for me to comment on because I don’t have all the facts, and no one has all the facts in this case. We just have to wait and see what the facts are and our board will make a decision from there.”

Lunn said that he has spoken to Bircham and was not at liberty to divulge that information, but said that he got his side of the story.

Bircham also posted a statement from his lawyer, Marc Plotnick, stating: “… In the near future, the facts and the truth will come to light and he will be exonerated. Mr. Bircham looks forward to speaking, telling everyone what occurred and demonstrating his innocence. When all of the facts are laid out, justice will prevail and Mr. Bircham will be deemed innocent of this allegation.”

As to if this incident will affect Bircham’s hiring by the BFA, Lunn said he has no comment on that matter and reiterated that it is up to the executive board.

No details have been made public about the incident; however, Bircham has posted bond.

Garry Markham is the outgoing technical director.

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Simba French

Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas. Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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