PFAJ boss slams of fans after bottle throwing incident
Chairman of the Professional Football Association of Jamaica (PFAJ), Don Anderson, has expressed his disgust at the behaviour of spectators at the Tivoli Gardens versus Harbour View Red Stripe Premier League match on Wednesday. Spectators threw missiles on the field, an action which forced the referee to call off the game.
Anderson said such incidents will prevent his association from achieving its objective of raising the professionalism of the game in Jamaica.
"This is something that we frown upon because we talk about lifting the standard of the professionalism of the game and it's going to be an imperative because if we don't we are going to be left behind in the CONCACAF regulations and their planning schedule," Anderson explained.
Victor Stewart, the manager of the referee's department at the Jamaica Football Federation, said that the officials were forced to call off the game because of a bottle throwing incident.
"The referee was forced to terminate the game because of the bottle throwing and direct threats to their personal security even with the intervention of the match security. They have written a report to the football federation (Jamaica Football Federation) and the organiser of the competition (Premier League Clubs Association) and they will deliberate with their disciplinary committee as to who is guilty," Stewart said.
Like Anderson, Stewart was also concerned about the picture this incident painted of Jamaica's football and the danger referees face in Jamaica.
In most cases it has been verbal. Referees have been subjected to verbal abuse and this is because of how spectators believe the laws of the game should be interpreted," Stewart said.
He continued: "There are times when the spectators know better but they try to intimidate the referee in some cases but what we as leaders in the referee organisation do is try to get the referee to block out the verbal vernaculars that are thrown at them and pay more attention to on the field activities, but the players go off the energy of the spectators ."
In the first half of the match, two red cards were issued to Tivoli players. One for a second offence and the other for a direct elbow, Stewart said.
This type of playing affects our national programme because when players travel overseas they behave the same way and it affects our team, " Stewart said.
Anderson said that a ruling on the matter will be made in the coming days.