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Reggae Youths to face St JFA Disciplinary Committee

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer

Thursday, June 26, 2014    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — REGGAE Youths, the beaten finalists in the St James Football Association's Sandals/ATL/Honda Senior League, could face disciplinary actions after refusing to retake the field following a break due to a power interruption at Jarrett Park, during the recent second leg finals of the competition against Violet Kickers.

After a near 20-minute break, referee Alton Brown had ruled that play should resume following the power outage which knocked out electricity to most of the bulbs in the four pylons at the park.

Violet Kickers led 1-0 when the game was held up in the 59th minute, thanks to a 12th- minute goal from James Welds, and 2-1 on aggregate after the first leg ended in a 1-1draw a few days prior.

A recent ruling by the St James Football Association's Competitions Committee, however, awarded the game to Violet Kickers by a 3-0 margin for a 4-1 aggregate.

A subsequent release from the St James FA also said, "Reggae Youths FC will be sanctioned and are referred to the Disciplinary Committee," adding, "The St James FA value our sponsors and will ensure that swift actions are taken whenever these matters which are beyond our control ever occur."

As a result of the ruling, Violet Kickers will be promoted to the Western Confederation Super League next season.

Violet Kickers, the two- time National Premier League champions and all-island Federation Cup Knock -out finalists, all in the 1990s, will be qualifying for the Super League for the second time after spending two seasons there- between 2007 and 2009.

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