-Falcons also fined
The findings of a Disciplinary Committee set up by the Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA) to investigate a report of indiscipline by the Amelia’s Ward Jets basketball club for forfeiting their game against Retrieve Raiders on December 28 when the two teams were contesting a semifinal game in the LABA Malta Supreme Christmas tournament, has resulted in the Jets being fined $20,000 and placed on a bond for three months, failing which they will face a one year suspension.
The Hearing convened on 12 January 2016 saw the five member committee in attendance. It comprised of Chairman Eze Wilson, Vice President of LABA, Ms. Danica Barker-Chase, Assistant Secretary of LABA, Victor Wright, Public Relations Officer of the Upper Demerara Football Association, Collie Hercules a former national football captain and Robert Byass a former national basketball player.
LABA’S Secretary Joseph Chapman presented the case on behalf of the association and a report was also done by referee Ashton Angel (Jr.) and for the Jets their Coach Kevin Joseph and captain Parrish Cadogan.
A release from the association yesterday indicated that the recommendation from its Disciplinary Committee headed by Eze Wilson, which returned a guilty verdict on the part of the Jets for refusing to continue their game after a brief interruption of rain had caused a delay with 8 mins 23 secs left in the second quarter with the Raiders ahead 21-7, was upheld by the association.
The Jets had bluntly refused to take the court when ordered to do so by the game officials, claiming that the conditions were not favourable and their concern of the players’ safety.
In the report to the association from the Disciplinary Committee it stated in part that Game Commissioner Mr. Chapman brought the charge under the LABA Internal Regulations/Rules/Bye Laws section 4 (a) and 4(b) which states that Clubs/Teams who: (a) Disturb the normal development of the game may be liable to a fine of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000) (b) Forfeit a game by refusing to participate in and/or complete a scheduled game may be eliminated from the tournament and liable to a fine of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000). Besides they may be sanctioned with further suspension and fines by the LABA.
It was noted that Mr. Joseph (Jets Coach) had concurred with the testimony of the two game officials Messrs. Angel Jr. and Mr. Chapman, but Joseph in defence argued that the team did not consider the playing court fit for play and would not subject its players to possible injury given their assessment of the conditions.
According to the findings, “The Disciplinary Committee referred to the procedure after cessation of rainfall where there was consultation, and queried why neither party suggested additional time to allow for further evaporation of moisture. The referee having regard to the state of the playing surface after the initial stoppage, deemed the surface safe to play on, did not seek to consult with the teams. Mr. Chapman argued further, that in any event the referee is the final arbiter on the suitability of the surface for play.
It went on to state that, “The Jets had the opportunity and right to protest to the Game Commissioner given the circumstances, but failed to do so. The LABA Internal Regulations/Rules/Bye Laws Section 5 under Rights of Commissioners, in part, states that the Game Commissioner has full authority to resolve any problems that may arise between the organizers, teams and referees.”
Meanwhile, the Bankers Trust Falcons who failed to play their final two games in the same tournament were fined $12,000 by the LABA Executive. Both clubs were given fourteen days to pay their fines from whence they would have received their letters with the decisions.
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