Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2022. 9:10 pm CST.
Photo Credit: Altitude FC
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Altitude vs San Pedro Pirates Premier of Belize (PLB) match that was scheduled to play tonight in Independence was called off for a record third time. The San Pedro Pirates said they didn’t have enough men for tonight’s game and so did the Football Federation of Belize’s Referees Department.
But strangely enough, Altitude said tonight that the PLB had not yet officially informed the club of the postponement.
“Our phones have been ringing off the hook. And we apologize to all our fans for the late post. However, we still have no official word from the league,” said Altitude in a social media post.
In their post, Altitude explained the San Pedro request and the Referees Department’s email saying they couldn’t find referees for tonight’s game.
“A meeting between the PLB Organizing Committee and the Director of Referees was scheduled for 9:00am today. We are awaiting a decision from the PLB Organizing Committee,” said Altitude in their post.
The match was rained out twice on Saturday, September 24, and on Wednesday, September 28.
In a letter to the PLB’s General Manager Wilhelm Miguel on Monday, the San Pedro Pirates asked the PLB for consideration saying they had made two attempts two play the game and in the spirit of fairness asked the PLB to postpone the match one more week
The Pirates said they only had a handful of players available for Wednesday night’s game.
“We are literally down to 6 players being able to travel with the club on Wednesday,” said the San Pedro Pirates in the letter to Miguel.
The San Pedro Pirates explained that nine players have full-time jobs and only three were granted permission to travel to Independence by their employers. Additionally, due to disciplinary problems the team roster was curtailed after the transfer window closed and on top of that three players are injured.
And if that were not enough, on Tuesday the FFB’s Referees Department, which provides the match officials for PLB championships, said they didn’t have referees for the Independence game.
“Since the majority of the referees work late hours and I find it very difficult to find referees for the back match between Altitude FC and San Pedro Pirates FC … the Referee Committee and the referee department request that the back matches be played on a later date when the referees can try to make themselves available,” said Eugene Contreras, Head of the Referees Department, in a letter to Miguel.
So, we wait again.
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