Town appeal Gibbons ban
Dandy Town have appealed the five-year suspension handed down to goalkeeper Treadwell Gibbons.
The Bermuda Football Association confirmed yesterday that the notice of appeal has been received from the Premier Division and FA Cup winners, who have expressed concern about the severity of the ban. Gibbons was banned last week for his conduct in the FA Cup Final last month when he ran from his goal into the opponents' half of the field to get involved in an altercation between his team-mate Zaire Burchall and Jason Davis, of North Village.
All three players were subsequently sent off, with the BFA disciplinary committee coming down hardest on Gibbons for shoving the Village player. Dandy Town won the match 1-0 but the incident overshadowed the match, which was watched by BFA and government officials. Burchall was served with a four-game suspension and Davis a two-match ban and 12-month probation.
Dandy Town, according to a source, are still considering disciplinary action against Gibbons despite the executive's decision to appeal the ban imposed by the BFA, which they consider excessive.
The BFA has declined to comment on the sentence imposed on Gibbons, calling the incident “an unfortunate action in an otherwise intriguing match between two top teams”.
David Sabir, BFA the general secretary said: “As you are aware, the disciplinary committee oversees its responsibility independently from the BFA Executive Council. Therefore, the reasoning behind their decision is not a matter for the Executive Council to critique.
“With regards to Dandy Town's decision to appeal, the BFA will institute the process according to the regulations that govern appeals.”