Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Gall Hill run afoul of ID rule


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THE BARBADOS Football Association (BFA) has issued a red card to Pride of Gall Hill for breaching tournament rules.
As a result, the Christ Church side will forfeit their third-round KFC Champions Cup knockout match against Blackspurs which was scheduled for the Briar Hall playing field on May 18 but wasn’t played.
At a council meeting on May 24, the BFA’s executive ruled that Gall Hill had failed to produce the stipulated identification cards of their players to the referee before the start of the match.
Page 3, Article 3 of the BFA’s 2013 Tournament Rules under the caption REGISTRATION, Item B Players: C. (ii) states: No player or official shall be permitted to participate in any competition organized by the BFA unless they are in possession of a valid BFA?ID card.
In its letter dated May 27 to Gall Hill’s secretary, Garfield Callender, the BFA?said the council found that the rule was breached and that “the decision of the council is that Blackspurs be awarded the match”.
Now in place
The BFA also said that further communication pertaining to the rule was sent via email to all clubs affiliated to the BFA?in April this year, informing that “full enforcement of ID?cards was now in place”.
When contacted, Terry Sealy, a member of Gall Hill’s management committee, said the club was yet to receive correspondence from the BFA?but acknowledged they had heard some rumours about the decision.
“We were not invited to any hearing and we have not received any correspondence from the BFA. Actually, we are awaiting word on the rescheduling of the game,” said the former national player.
Sealy, who is also a former BFA council member, said he wouldn’t be able to state whether Gall Hill would appeal the decision until the club received the necessary written communication from the BFA.
The BFA?also admitted in its official letter to Gall Hill that it was brought to the attention of the BFA’s president Randy Harris that the council’s decision was placed on the website before official communication was tendered to the two clubs involved – Gall Hill and Blackspurs.
“For this, we do apologize as this was a breach of protocol,” BFA secretary Chris Graham noted.
The ID rule was put in place this season to prevent teams from using unregistered players.
Last year, Deacons were penalized for fielding a footballer who wasn’t registered in a match against St John Sonnets who were subsequently awarded full points, a decision which enabled them to gain promotion to the Premiership.
Blackspurs will now oppose defending champions Barbados Defence Force in the quarter-finals which are slated for June 15 and 16.

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