PLCA hits back
The Premier League Clubs Association Limited (PLCA) issued a statement Friday noting its "alarm, profound concern and disappointment that the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has postponed the start of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) on the basis of misinformation about financial liabilities allegedly owed by the PLCA to both Montego Bay United Football Club (MBUFC) and the referees."
The PLCA said it is not liable to any of the parties named. It said a letter dated August 12, 2016 was received from MBUFC clearly stating that the club was withdrawing from the PLCA "with immediate effect" and did not want any benefits from any sponsorship etc. negotiated by the PLCA.
Acting on MBUFC's clear wishes and bearing in mind the arrangements with the clubs, PLCA said it allocated the relevant funds to the other eleven clubs that remained a part of PLCA.
"Regarding the referees, PLCA is not liable for any fees outstanding to them. PLCA does not employ the referees and has, therefore, not been invoiced by their association," the statement said.
The PLCA apologised to sponsors Red Stripe and 'all other well-thinking stakeholders for any inconvenience' caused by the JFF's actions and added that it is willing to meet with the JFF, MBUFC and all other relevant stakeholders in order to achieve an amicable resolution of all the outstanding issues as quickly as possible.
On Thursday the JFF said it was forced to postpone Sunday's start of the RSPL because of a series of administrative failings on the part of the PLCA. Among the issues listed was the failure of the PLCA to deliver grants to MBUFC. It said it also noted that more than $4 million was owed to referees and other match officials.
Former Prime Minister Edward Seaga is the chairman of the PLCA while the vice chairman is Carvel Stewart.