Clubs bash PLCA, threaten to withdraw from Premier League
Andre Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
Two days to go before the return of the Red Stripe Premier League, at least three teams have indicated that they will not take part in this year’s competition until issues governance issues are effectively dealt with.
Title sponsors Red Stripe opened its Spanish Town Road facilities to the who’s who of local football on Wednesday evening in a colourful launch of the tournament that is expected to morph into a franchise–based system in the coming year.
However, relations are said to be at an all time low between the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) and the clubs.
According to well–placed Gleaner sources, the management of defending champions Montego Bay United, Sporting Central Academy and Cavalier have all written to the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) and the PLCA to express their concerns about the transparency and accountability of the organisation, as well as its management practices.
Breaches in the PLCA’s Article of Incorporation, the non-issue of the rules and regulations governing the competition as well as an incomplete fixture are some of the other major grouses that have left the clubs unconvinced about the PLCA’s ability to push the league forward.
Calls to the cell number of PLCA General Manager Andrew Price went unanswered.
The JFF late this evening called an emergency meeting of the PLCA, the Professional Football Association of Jamaica and all participating clubs.
The meeting is set for 2:00 p.m Friday at the JFF’s office in New Kingston.
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