JUTC: Do not blame us for 4-0 thrashing
The Jamaica Urban Transit Company's (JUTC) Communi-cation Manager Cecil Thoms has admitted they erred in the picking up of the Tivoli Gardens Red Stripe Premier League team for their game against Humble Lion in May Pen on Sunday, but refused to take the blame for the west Kingston team's 4-0 thrashing.
"We are not shirking the fact that one of our buses was late. But it has been a very busy period for us. We had six games on Wednesday, and on the weekend, we had six games. It was really busy because it was the Easter holidays. However, the bus company cannot be blamed for the outcome of the game. That, to me, is irrational thinking," he stated..
"In this particular case, it was a hiccup ... . It was extremely challenging, but it's a one-off," he added.
Tivoli arrived for their final regular season game against Humble Lion at Effortville only 25 minutes before the match, and according to a JUTC source, a mix-up in the depot assigned to pick up Tivoli led to the bus being late.
Depots are assigned to teams based on logistics, and Rockfort usually picks up Tivoli, while teams travelling to Clarendon are transported by buses from the Spanish Town depot. Crews were unsure as to which depot was, it appeared, responsible for Sunday's pick-up. Thoms said the real reason behind the bus being late has not yet been ascertained and he is awaiting a report.
"I have asked for a report ... as to why the bus was late. I don't want to point any fingers. I have been hearing some stuff, but they are very preliminary. I don't want to send that out," he stated.
NO BLAME FROM HUMBLE LION
JUTC are the sponsors responsible for transporting teams to Red Stripe Premier League games and operations have been smooth for most of the season. Thoms said mishaps do happen, and noted that even Humble Lion, a team owned by the Minister of Transport Mike Henry, have encountered setbacks with the bus company this season, and he also pointed to recent incidents with Tivoli and Boys' Town.
According to reports, the JUTC bus was late in picking up Humble Lion for a game against Portmore in Spanish Town, so the club chartered its own transport, but were transported back home by JUTC. Thoms hopes to avoid these glitches in the future, but insisted they can't be blamed for results.
"I can imagine that they (Tivoli) would be upset (for being late). But on Wednesday with Humble Lion, we did not make it, and they suffered a draw. Although their situation was different, they are not blaming the bus company," he reasoned.
When contacted, Tivoli manager Brian Rose said only the club president, Edward Seaga, could speak on the matter. However, Seaga was not in office and could not be reached for comment.
Sunday's 4-0 win earned Humble Lion a $1 million bonus for topping the points standing at the end of the preliminary round. They ended with 61, two ahead of longtime leaders UWI FC, who were blanked 2-0 by Portmore United in their final match.