Ma Pau Football Club was awarded the second semifinal spot in this year’s First Citizens Cup tournament following a decision taken by the T&T Pro League yesterday.
The recommendations came from the League’s Disciplinary Committee folowing a meeting on Tuesday at the league’s Curepe head office.
The League’s decision came after the quarterfinal match between Ma Pau FC and San Juan Jabloteh called off last Saturday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.
This was as a result of both teams taking the field with black shorts and socks.Ma Pau’s goalkeeper Shane Mattis was also wearing a similar colour (green) jersey as Jabloteh’s outfield players.
It is reported that during the teams 30-minute warm-up session match officials spoke to both coaches with regards to their uniforms.
Jabloteh, which was listed as the away team for the fixture, failed to change according to the rules of the tournament.
Ma Pau FC coach, Michael Mc Comie, reportedly offered to assist Jabloteh by lending the team red socks, but the offer was refused and the match officials had no choice but to call off the game and referred the matter to the tournament organisers.
At Tuesday’s meeting, the committee examined the reports of referee, Gordon Maloney, presiding match commissioner, Frank Rodriguez, and interviewed representatives from both clubs before arriving at the following decisions.
Ma Pau FC was declared winners of the second quarter-final match, while their opponents San Juan Jabloteh was fined $6,000 for breaching the rules of the competition which states that the away team should always walk with two sets of match kits.
Ma Pau now face defending champion, Defence Force in one semifinals, while W Connection tackles bmobile Joe Public on Friday at a venue to be decided.