Is there fair play in PLCA?
THE EDITOR, Sir:
The unfolding issues taking place in the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA), and which remain unchallenged by the Clarendon Football Association (CFA), are an indictment of the association's leadership and, by extension, the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF).
As a member of the PLCA and a director, I have given up attending meetings personally. What was exhibited last year reflected poor transitional planning and a vision in decline; and/or apparent unwillingness to challenge and change the Kingston old school tie and cousin syndrome, which is openly displayed and protected.
This first salvo of mine asks the following questions of the chairman, Mike Ricketts, and the Jamaica Football Federation president, Captain Horace Burrell:
1. Is the PLCA representative of a professional league?
2. Is the entry based on competitions coming from geographic areas?
3. Is the economic protection of each region not part of the proposed franchising structure?
4. If so, should not this earning power be protected in the region?
5. What is the CFA's position on clubs from another region imposing themselves on the economic turf of Clarendon? And of the PLCA, when are we going up see one rule for all and not one for the Medes and another for the Persians?
How can the CFA not challenge the operations council of the PLCA and call for an explanation for sending the third-place club Humble Lion travelling on opening match and then bringing them back to play at home on the same day that the PLCA has scheduled a foreign club to play in Clarendon, namely, Portmore, and this schedule is to continue throughout the season.
Not every community wants to see soccer merely as a salve for poor governance and poor infrastructure, nor as an area that can't learn to live with each other.
I also ask the CFA president, the PLCA and JFF, how do you explain the mixing of amateurs and professionals with the advent of the UWI? What is the pay structure for professionals and free-playing students attending the university?
Gentlemen, let's get real. Call a spade a spade.
MIKE HENRY (MP, CD)
President of Humble Lion Football Club