GFA Logoby Michael Bascombe

ST GEORGE’S, September 12, 2016 – There has been no change in the standings of the Grenada Football Association’s (GFA) Premier League on the weekend.

Paradise FC and Hard Rock were the only outright winners from the weekend schedule with the former consolidating itself with a six-point lead over Hard Rock.

Paradise defeated Chantimelle FC 2-0 on Saturday at Fond to remain unbeaten on 30 points from 12 matches. Hard Rock also took maximum points from a 2-1 win over Gouyave FC in the first game of the double-header.

In an earlier game, Fontenoy United held Hurricane SC to a 2-2 draw at the Beausejour Playing Field.

The other matches on Sunday also played out to entertaining ties with St John’s Sports coming from two goals down in the first 15 minutes of play to draw 2-2 with Queens Park Rangers at Queens Park and Boca Juniors and Mt Rich playing to a scoreless draw at Fond.

Meantime, the Disciplinary Committee of the GFA has ruled in the disputed game between Fontenoy United and Chanitmelle FC.

GrenadaSports understand that a player with Fontenoy team has been suspended and the game is to be replayed at a later date.

A source said that the referee’s report was inconclusive and didn’t include some important mattes including a goal was scored by Chantimelle and the caution cards issued to players during the game.

Chantimelle is believed to be making preparations to appeal the DC’s ruling.

The GFA has not publicly published the ruling of the DC but on Monday provided details about the final decision of the Arbitration Tribunal set up to deliberate on former Premier League teams GBSS and Hampshire United.

The tribunal determined that GBSS finished ninth in the 2015-16 Premier League season and it has not established a valid case for its retention in the Premier League.

“The three-man Arbitration Tribunal has ruled on the matter involving the GBSS Football Club. The Club had previously contended that according to the 2015 GFA Competition Regulations, Hampshire United did not play the required 75% of matches and therefore their matches and points should have been expunged from the competition. Had that been done, then GBSS would have placed 7th and would not have faced automatic relegation,” quoted the GFA.

“However, the GFA contended that Hampshire United completed 75% of its fixture matches even if the club did not take to the field for all of its matches (There was a result with three (3) points awarded to the opposing team). After examining the documentation, the Tribunal determined that GBSS Football Club placed 9th in the 2015-16 Premier League Season, and that it did not establish a valid case for its retention in the Premier League.”

However, because the complaint was not expeditiously handled by the GFA and because of continued ‘uncertainties’, the Tribunal has granted the GBSS a play-off opportunity for the Premier League in the 2017 Season.

The GFA says it’s currently seeking further clarification on that aspect and will meet to further discuss the matter.

The Tribunal was chaired by Former Speaker of the House Mr George McGuire and included Attorney at Law Francis Paul and Mr Carlyle Glean Jr.

1 PARADISE FC INT’L 12 9 3 0 36 16 +20 30
2 HARD ROCK FC 12 7 3 2 30 14 +16 24
3 ST. JOHNS SPORTS 12 6 4 2 25 17 +8 22
4 HURRICANES SC 12 4 6 2 19 16 +3 18
5 QUEENS PARK RANGERS 12 3 7 2 31 24 +7 16
6 MT. RICH SC 12 3 6 3 24 24 0 15
7 CHANTIMELLE FC 11 2 4 5 14 22 -8 10
8 BOCA JUNIORS 12 1 5 6 17 32 -15 8
9 FONTENOY UNITED 11 1 4 6 19 28 -9 7
10 GOUYAVE FC 12 1 2 9 12 34 -22 5


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