BFA rules on abandoned matches: Village-Eagles to be replayed
North Village came within a minute of securing a crucial three points, while St George’s gained a valuable away point against Dandy Town when the Bermuda Football Association ruled on two abandoned Premier Division matches from November 22.
The games between Village and Somerset Eagles at Bernard Park and Dandy Town and St George’s at Goose Gosling Field were abandoned late in the second half after torrential rain which flooded the pitches.
The Town-St George’s game, which was goalless in the 83rd minute when the referee stopped the game, will stand as a 0-0 draw. However, Village and Eagles will have to replay their match, which was 2-1 to Village when the match was stopped in the 74th minute.
The BFA’s general rules regarding abandoned matches under article 2 (o) states that “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”:
(i) 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.
(ii) 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
The BFA stated: “The match between Dandy Town and St. George’s was abandoned in the 83rd minute. In this regard, a score of 0-0 shall be recorded.
“The match between North Village and Somerset Eagles was abandoned in the 74th minute of the match, and the competitions committee has ruled that the match will be rescheduled to a later date, yet to be confirmed.”