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Awards fiasco is ‘disrespectful’ to Cougars, says coach Brown

Bermuda Football Association's failure to hold their 2012/13 awards ceremony is a “slap in face” for Triple Crown winners Devonshire Cougars, according to the club's coach Dennis Brown.

Cougars become only the fourth team to claim the Triple Crown last season, winning the league title, FA Cup and Friendship Trophy — and Brown is outraged those achievements have not been recognised.

Somerset Trojans, PHC Zebras and North Village are the other sides to have won all three trophies in the same season.

“I haven't heard anything in relation to any prize-presentation,” said Brown. “I think that it's a slap in the face to the Devonshire Recreation Club for what the team accomplished last season.

Brown believes Cougars have been “disrespected” by the BFA and suspects had another side completed the special feat, the BFA would have “bent over backwards” to hold the ceremony by now.

“This was a historic moment with only four other clubs achieving this feat since the existence of the BFA and nothing has been done to show appreciation to the players who made many, many sacrifices last season,” he said.

“They would have bent over backwards for any other so-called big club in Bermuda but this is total disrespect to my club.”

The BFA were due to hold the ceremony at the end of August, but then postponed it without setting a new date.

Brown said he understood his players' frustrations at what they perceived to be unfair treatment.

“Correspondence went out in August to say that a presentation was due to be held on August 28 but we got an e-mail the day before stating that the ceremony was postponed with no explanation or a new date,” Brown added.

“Whether they had a ceremony or not, the MVP and Young Player of the Year should have been acknowledged with them possibly given a travel voucher or something to show that they are supported.

“I had heard when I first went to Cougars about them being disrespected (by the BFA) but to see this is a blatant level of disrespect.

“If they have no money then say so, don't leave people in limbo because the season concluded in April and plans should have been afoot long before that.

“What does this tell the players? They can still get it right but they must learn from this fiasco.”

The previous BFA awards ceremony, for the 2011/12 season, was held last October.

Snubbed: Devonshire Cougars, above celebrating their Triple Crown-winning season outside The Royal Gazette's office in April, believe the BFA's failure to hold the 2012/13 annual awards ceremony is a “slap in the face” for the club.

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Published September 12, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated September 12, 2013 at 11:16 am)

Awards fiasco is ‘disrespectful’ to Cougars, says coach Brown

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