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RSPL set to kick-off tomorrow as planned

Published:Saturday | September 6, 2014 | 9:00 AM
Captain Horace Burrell

Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer

The opening round in the Red Stripe Premier League 2014/15 football season will go ahead as planned following an emergency meeting called by the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) at its head office in New Kingston yesterday.

At least three clubs had threatened to withdraw from the league if various matters were not resolved but it appears things have been patched up to facilitate tomorrow's kick-off.

President of the JFF, Captain Horace Burrell told The Gleaner immediately after the meeting last night that "Premier League football will start on Sunday as planned."

However, the National Stadium double-header is off. The Waterhouse versus Barbican game which was set for 4 p.m. has been postponed due to the unavailability of five Waterhouse players because of national duties. The scheduled 6 p.m. feature, Harbour View versus Arnett Gardens, will now be played at Harbour View.

Jamaica's senior team will engage Canada in a friendly international next Tuesday in that North American country. The local-based Reggae Boyz will leave the island tomorrow morning.

Captain Burrell also disclosed that a general meeting of the Premier League Clubs Association will be held on September 27. At that meeting, the clubs will discuss several matters affecting them.

There was doubt surrounding the start of the league mainly because relations were said to be at an all-time low between the Premier League Clubs' Association (PLCA) and the clubs.

Transparency concerns

The Gleaner had reported yesterday that the management of defending champions Montego Bay United, Sporting Central Academy and Cavalier had all written to the JFF and the PLCA to express their concerns about the transparency and accountability of the organisation, as well as its management practices.

Efforts to contact PLCA chairman Edward Seaga last night proved futile as his mobile number went unanswered several times

Meanwhile, beer company Red Stripe, has renewed its sponsorship of the Premier League after their initial three-year deal as title sponsors expired last season. They have extended the sponsorship of the league for another five years.