BFA to wait before ruling on abandonments
The fate of the abandoned Premier Division matches pitting Dandy Town against St George’s Colts and North Village against Somerset Eagles remained unclear yesterday.
Town and St George’s remained goalless at Goose Gosling Field on Sunday when the fixture was abandoned in the 83rd minute because of the quagmire conditions.
Meanwhile, Village were leading Eagles 2-1 at nearby Bernard Park when the adverse conditions ultimately resulted in proceedings being halted in the 75th minute.
The teams are now awaiting the Bermuda Football Association’s official ruling on the outcome.
“The Competitions Committee is awaiting receipt of the match reports and will then make a decision in accordance with the general rules for divisional competition,” Shannon Burgess, the BFA league and cup competition chairman, said.
The BFA’s general rules for divisional competitions state: “In the event of a match being abandoned owing to causes over which neither club has control, the Competitions Committee shall review the causes of abandonment and make its ruling on the outcome of the match in accordance with the following:
“If a match is abandoned before the completion of the first half, during the half-time interval or up to 75 minutes of play, the match shall be replayed in its entirety.
“If a match is abandoned after 75 minutes, the committee shall rule only in cases where it is to the advantage of the competition and shall record the score at the time of the abandonment as final. In all other cases, the match shall be replayed.
“In all cases where the committee is satisfied that a game has been abandoned owing to the conduct of one team or membership organisation or their members, fans, or any spectators attending the match, they shall award the points and a score of 3-0 for the game to its opponents and take what other action they may deem necessary. In the event that the offending team is losing by a score that is greater than 3-0 at the time of the abandonment, the committee shall record the score at the time of the abandonment.
“In cases where a game is abandoned owing to the conduct of both teams and/or membership organisations, their members, fans, or any spectators attending the match, the Executive Council shall take such action as they consider appropriate.”
Meanwhile, John Barry Nusum, the Robin Hood coach, confirmed yesterday that defender Adrian Trott has been discharged from hospital and is on the way to making a full recovery.
Nusum was forced into a last-minute change ahead of Hood’s top -of-the-table clash with Devonshire Cougars at Devonshire Recreation Club on Sunday after Trott reportedly passed out during the warm-up. Referee Anthony Francis merited the situation serious enough to call an ambulance.
Hood went on to win the match 1-0, thanks to an 85th-minute strike from the prolific Chae Brangman, a former Cougars player.