Banned Iris kept waiting by BFA
Zaki Iris will have to wait until the summer to learn the outcome of his appeal against a Bermuda Football Association (BFA) ban.
The Somerset Trojans defender was found guilty by the BFA’s disciplinary committee earlier this year of threatening behaviour which brought Premier and PDL matches into disrepute.
Iris was subsequently handed a two-and-a-half year ban which his club appealed against and will now have to wait until August to learn his fate.
“They (BFA) haven’t given us the decision, they have held it off until August,” Somerset Cricket Club president Alfred Maybury said. “They just indicated that we have to come back in August for their final decision.”
The BFA’s appeals committee is headed up by ex-Government senator and former BFA president Neville Tyrell.
Iris was summoned to appear before the BFA’s disciplinary committee in January to face multiple charges that included head butting and stomping on opponents.
The player did not attend his disciplinary hearing where the sanctions were imposed.
Iris’ disciplinary troubles have been the low point this season for a Trojans side that has already solidified their Premier status and qualified for next season’s Dudley Eve tournament.
Meanwhile, it remained unclear yesterday whether Southampton Rangers would appeal against the three-year BFA ban imposed on head coach Keith Jennings last week.
The ex-North Village Rams and Bermuda international was banned after being found guilty of assaulting Jamaican referee Stephen Allen at a Premier match at Southampton Oval last month.
Rangers president Randy Raynor could not be reached for comment yesterday. However, it is understood that the club’s hierarchy have yet to rule out appealing on their coach’s behalf.
Kwame Tucker has been put in charge of Rangers’ Premier team in Jennings’ absence.
Rangers are at home to Boulevard this Sunday in a match they need only take a point from to preserve their top flight status for next season.
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