Refs appeal BT’s return to the pitch

Club was suspended after player allegedly assaulted an official

The Cayman Islands Referees Association has appealed a decision to allow Bodden Town Football Club to resume league play after an incident last month where one of its players allegedly assaulted a referee.

The appeal followed the Cayman Islands Football Association disciplinary committee’s decision to reinstate Bodden Town. The club, which sat atop the CIFA Premier League standings at the time of the incident, was scheduled to play George Town on Sunday. That match did not take place, however, as the referees lodged their petition to have the decision examined.

“The referees appealed the ruling of the disciplinary committee,” said CIFA president Alfredo Whittaker. “No game for Bodden Town can be programmed until this case is closed.” Bodden Town was suspended in late January after one of its players allegedly assaulted referee Ben Whitty during a game against Academy. Earlier this month, CIFA’s disciplinary committee reached terms to allow Bodden Town to resume playing in the league. A decision on the appeal is expected this week, according to Whittaker.

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