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Biting incident involving local football referee under investigation

Biting incident involving local  football referee under investigation


The biting of a local football referee has eaten into the flesh of the relatively smooth texture thus far of the 2014 Hairoun Beer National Club Championship, which is under the aegis of the St Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation.{{more}}

The incident, which took place last Wednesday during a match in the premier division at the Campden Park Playing Field, is also said to be under investigation by local football authorities.

At the centre of the teething issue is referee Johmal Allen, who reports say was involved in an altercation with two members of the Browne and Browne Richmond Hill United.

Reports further state that the match was blown off prematurely, with Richmond Hill trailing Layou by one goal to nil.

According to reports, the on field fracas was triggered when Allen issued a red card to a player of Richmond Hill for dissent.

SEARCHLIGHT understands that the matter is locked in the jaws of the disciplinary committee of the SVGFF, specially set up for such circumstances.

However, the Richmond Hill club had their two matches scheduled for last Saturday at the Sion Hill Playing Field postponed. Their first division outfit was set to meet the SVG Coast Guard, while the premier division team was down to face Campdonia-Chelsea.

Allen is seen as one of the brightest refereeing prospects here.

In January of this year, he was among 25 local referees and referees’ assistants who attended a five-day FIFA course at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex, which was conducted by Jamaican Peter Pendergast and Costa Rican Allan Brown.

At that course, Allen was highly commended by Pendergast for his potential in officiating.

During the FIFA World Cup in Brazil earlier this year, Uruguay’s Luis Suarez was given a four-month ban for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. (RT)