FA postpones disciplinary hearing as Liberta Sports Club seeks clarity on disciplinary committee’s set-up

FA postpones disciplinary hearing as Liberta Sports Club seeks clarity on disciplinary committee’s set-up
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President of the LSC, Kenneth Benjamin

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By Neto Baptiste

A listening to amongst the Liberta Athletics Club (LSC) and the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association’s (ABFA) disciplinary committee on Wednesday was postponed immediately after the club sought clarity encompassing the legality of the committee.

President of the LSC Kenneth Benjamin reported the club through their authorized representative Loy Weste, sought clarity on the make-up of the committee although inquiring for documentation with regards to when and how the committee was constituted.

“Our law firm requested the chairperson, Craig Christopher, and he could not say who the customers are and stated he [Liberta’s lawyer] has to check with the normal secretary [Rohan Hector] who was there. The typical secretary claimed there was Mali Richards and there was just one other guy’s identify that he couldn’t don’t forget mainly because the guy’s identify is extensive. Loy Weste [the lawyer] then requested when did the assembly materialize and the standard secretary didn’t know. So, the chairman took chairmanship of a committee and you do not know the other users,” he stated. 

The LSC was invited to the disciplinary hearing immediately after lacking their to start with two matches in the Premier Division as they refused to get the discipline right before acquiring clarity on the FA’s reimbursement policy.

The club experienced published to the FA trying to find clarity on the policy after the governing human body announced it was even now in the process of finalising insurance plan coverage for registered members.

“If the govt had set their egos apart and requested, ‘gentlemen, what are your concerns’, we would say x, y and z. If they explained ‘Liberta Athletics Club, if someone receives injured and you pay out, we are only likely to reimburse you 70 percent’. Can a player be reimbursed if you get wounded in observe? ‘Yes, that is component of the whole process’ and uncomplicated as that the make a difference could have been settled,” he claimed. 

Benjamin mentioned the workforce was positioned to get the discipline very last weekend but were stopped in their tracks in gentle of the scheduled meeting.

“The boys want to engage in soccer and they came to the club and we explained that if they have difficulties with insurance plan, then we will tackle that. Now, we have claimed to [the ABFA] that this is what we fully grasp in conditions of the reimbursement, and the boys want to enjoy you stop them from enjoying Saturday but I am stating to you that the boys are ready to enjoy. This has nothing to do with the questions we have to inquire so enable the boys go and perform their football,” the president mentioned.

The former West Indies speedy bowler said the club sent a letter to the ABFA on Thursday requesting the information and facts on the committee and is hoping the hearing could be held by Friday.

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