Trojans appeal Iris’ lengthy ban
Somerset Cricket Club (SCC) have appealed against Zaki Iris’ multiple year ban.
Bermuda Football Association (BFA) banned the controversial Somerset Trojans defender for two-and-a-half years after he was found guilty of exhibiting threatening behaviour, which brought Premier and PDL matches into disrepute.
Iris was summoned to appear before a disciplinary committee last month to face multiple charges, including head butting and stomping opponents.
The player was not present at his own disciplinary hearing when the sanctions were imposed.
As it stands, the Trojans defender will not be eligible to resume his football career until the 2014-15 campaign
However, it is understood that the consensus at Somerset is that Iris’ punishment for the offences he allegedly committed is “too harsh”.
When approached on the matter SCC president Alfred Maybury confirmed that his club have appealed against the BFA’s ruling on their player.
“We did launch an appeal and now we are just waiting to hear the next step from the BFA,” he said.
Maybury, though, did not give specific reasons for his club’s decision to appeal on behalf of their player.
“I’m not going to say what the appeal is all about,” he said. “But we did appeal and once we have taken the next step I will be happy to talk about it.”
Iris is alleged to have head butted a player during an October 2011 PDL match involving Somerset and St George’s Colts.
He is also alleged to have stomped on a player and forced to leave the field after being sent off during a Premier match involving the same two clubs as well as fighting in another top-flight contest between Somerset and Southampton Rangers.
It is believed the last two incidents took place last November, which resulted with Iris being ruled out of Trojans’ Friendship Trophy final showdown with North Village Rams at the National Sports Centre through suspension.
Regardless of the outcome of Somerset’s appeal, it is understood that the controversial footballer could have his ban reduced under condition he undergo anger management sessions recommended by the BFA.