Thursday, February 22, 2018

Referee no show


APOLOGISED: TT Pro League CEO Dexter Skeene

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BITTERLY DISAPPOINTED: Central FC managing director Brent Sancho

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Tuesday's rescheduled Digicel Pro League match between defending champions DIRECTV W Connection and newcomers Central FC was abandoned because of a no-show by referees at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella.

Just under an hour before Tuesday's six p.m. scheduled kickoff, the clubs learnt that no referees were assigned to the game which left team officials furious.

TT Pro League CEO Dexter Skeene apologised to stakeholders before shedding light on the ludicrous situation. The Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) Referees Committee, headed by TTFF vice president Krishna Kuarsingh, is solely responsible for the appointment of referees.

"We apologise to the clubs, fans, media and all parties concerned," said Skeene. "Upon investigation, the league realised there was miscommunication within the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation Referees Committee, and the league is taking every effort to make sure there is no recurrence in the future."

"It is very disappointing," said W Connection owner/president, David John-Williams. "We should be compensated with the cost for putting on the game. There is also the reputation of the League that's affected by this."

John-Williams said the preparation cost for Tuesday's abandoned game was in the region of $8,000. The cost includes an overnight camp, food, game day essentials and transport.

Central FC managing director, Brent Sancho said he was "bitterly disappointed".

"There is a cost in preparing for games on and off the pitch. It's a huge disappointment for the players, and coaching staff as well. It was a central derby. The players had their buildup to the game, and something of that nature is extremely disappointing."