Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Thursday | March 5, 2009
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Wadadah lose points for using ineligible player
Adrian Frater, News Editor

Western Bureau:

Jamaica Football Federation's Western Confederation (JFFWC) has found Wadadah FC guilty of using an ineligible player in their 1-0 win against Granville FC in their Captain's Bakery Western Super League fixture, which was played on Sunday, February 22.

"Subsequent to that a protest made by the Granville management that their opponent used an illegal player, the competition's com-mittee met with the Wadadah management and they were found to be guilty," stated a release which was issued to the media yesterday from Orville Powell, chairman of the JFFWC .

In accordance with regulations governing the competition, Wadadah have been docked the three points, while Granville were awarded three points and a three-goal margin to indicate a 3-0 win in their favour.

Following her team's loss to Wadadah, an irate Granville coach, Tracey Reid, had stated publicly that Wadadah breached the rules by using Domain Jackson, who was red-carded in the All-island KO Flow Champions Cup and had not served the required one-game suspension.

"We are going to lodge a protest against Wadadah because we have reasons to believe they used an ineligible player against us," Reid said. "We know we are going to get these points."

When contacted in the aftermath of the JFFWC ruling, a relieved Reid told The Gleaner she was quite happy because justice has been served.

"We are pleased with the ruling because we knew all along that Wadadah did something wrong," she said. "It is not our fault why they broke the rule."

Since the start of the season, Wadadah have been operating on a knife's edge. After three rounds of games, the JFFWC had kicked them out of the competition because of their failure to pay their affiliation fee. However, after appealing the decision and making the requisite payments, they were reinstated.

In another matter addressed by the JFFWC, Clark's Town was fined $5,000.00 for failure to show up for their game against Granville on Sunday. Granville were awarded three (3) points and three (3) goals.

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