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Eve’s absence a ‘storm in a teacup’ says Mussenden

Bermuda Football Association (BFA) president Larry Mussenden has accused this newspaper of “dramatising” an alleged administrative mistake that ruled Stoke City’s Bermuda goalkeeper Dale Eve out of this week’s international friendly against England C.

However, the BFA chief declined an offer to respond specifically to the goalie’s claims that the Association did not seek permission from his club in the UK to play during Tuesday night’s match at the National Sports Centre (NSC).

“I’m not going to actually discuss, and never will discuss, the communications that the BFA have with a player or family member like a parent or guardian of a player, so I’m not going to play that out in

The Royal Gazette,” Mussenden said. “The BFA has some established procedures when we identify Bermuda players overseas who we want to bring back.”

Eve, who was originally named in Bermuda’s squad, told

The Gazette: “They (BFA) haven’t requested permission from Stoke City for me to play, so therefore I’m not available to play against England C.”

According to FIFA’s international rules, clubs must grant their players permission to represent their countries in international fixtures.

Mussenden has dismissed Eve’s dilemma as nothing more than a “storm in a teacup” and accused this newspaper of dramatising the article.

“It was unfortunate that

The Royal Gazette chose to dramatise the article with a huge headline,” he said. “I don’t think it was necessary for

The Royal Gazette to have a headline like that and in fact I’m kind of disappointed in

The Royal Gazette for that. I think it was a storm in a teacup.

“Although most of the paper that day (Tuesday) was about the game, the headline story was a negative story. In Bermuda when we’re playing another team

The Royal Gazette should actually factor that into the message it’s sending when we‘re trying to have a good crowd and a good game rather than write a ridiculous story like that. ”

BFA president Larry Mussenden

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Published June 06, 2013 at 9:06 am (Updated June 06, 2013 at 9:05 am)

Eve’s absence a ‘storm in a teacup’ says Mussenden

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