That’s according to an official Galaxy press release quoting GM and Coach Bruce Arena that was issued this afternoon:
“We regret the incident that happened at the end of the first half of last night’s friendly at The Home Depot Center. While it is important that our fans remain free to voice their opinions, they must do so in an appropriate manner. We appreciate our players and fans passion for the team and the game, but we all must aim to hold ourselves to higher standards.
We have a very good relationship with the LA Riot Squad and have already reached out to them to set up a meeting to discuss moving forward together in a positive direction. In addition, the LA Riot Squad has informed us that they have issued a lifetime ban to the fan that went onto the field of play.
We want to move in a positive direction as an organization, and ask our fans to support our players and our club as we look to return to the playoffs for the first time in three years. We need the support of our fans to continue providing an amazing home environment at The Home Depot Center as we look to reach our shared goal of qualifying for the playoffs.”
No word on what “higher standard” the Galaxy plans to hold Beckham to for his part in the confrontation.
And the LARS message boards this afternoon are full of members wondering just who has the authority to issue a so-called “lifetime ban.”
Here’s the Beckham video of him appearing to go after the Riot Squad and being restrained:
More details on the Riot Squad incident here.