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Sancho dismisses players’ petition

FORMER SPORTS minister Brent Sancho has described as “fantasy” recent stories appearing in the media that have raised questions about him and his former advisor in the ministry, Kevin Harrison.

The former national football team defender was responding yesterday to an enquiry about a document appearing in a local online publication that purports to be a petition signed by several Central FC players, in which they are asking management to keep both men out of the TT Pro League club. 

Sancho said he would not comment on any of articles, including the story that appeared on 

“I wouldn’t read (stories from Wired) any more than I would stories in the Sunshine Newspaper or the TT Mirror,” he told Newsday. “Mostly, those stories have absolutely no truth to them. People have their own personal agendas; it’s all fantasy.” The online story reported that some 24 Central FC players had signed the petition, and attached to it was a photograph of a document bearing the names of several players, most of them accompanied by signatures. 

Among the names with signatures appearing on the document were those of national players Jan-Michael Williams, Ataulla Guerra and Willis Plaza, as well as Marvin Oliver and Jason Marcano. 

Before his stint as Sports minister, Sancho was a manager at Central FC, a recently- formed club sponsored by Super Industrial Services Limited (SIS). Now into just its third year of existence, Central are the defending champions of the TT Pro League, the country’s major football competition. Asked for comment, CEO of the TT Pro League Dexter Skeene told Newsday it was the first he had heard of the letter and the alleged signatures. 

The TT Pro League’s 2015/16 season officially got underway last Friday night, when Central claimed the first trophy at stake, the Charity Shield.