Sun, Jul

STARWORLD STRIKERS goalkeeper Marvin Phillip has been fined $2,000 and banned from playing football for 20 months.

But no action has as yet been taken against referee Ramesh Ramdhan.

The two were involved in a dispute on Sunday October 3, during a T&T Pro League match between CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh and Starworld Strikers.

On the day, it was reported that Phillip allegedly spat on Ramdhan and the referee allegedly retaliated by striking the player.

Yesterday, the T&T Pro League announced that after a second meeting of its Disciplinary Committee on Saturday, it had arrived at a decision.

A release from the Pro League said: "After meeting on Saturday October 9 and Saturday 16 October and giving full consideration to all the facts and evidence, the Committee has decided that Marvin Phillip of Starworld Strikers, for abusive language, violent conduct and spitting on a referee, is to be suspended for 20 months plus a fine of $2,000. The suspension is to be applied with immediate effect."

When the incident first occurred, T&T Pro League CEO Dexter Skeene announced that the League would take any action necessary against the player, but any action against the referee had to be handled by the governing Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (T&TFF).

Yesterday, T&TFF secretary Richard Groden stated that no action has as yet been taken against Ramdhan, who recently carried the whistle in the United States' 6-0 World Cup qualification victory over Panama.

"We have received no information from the Pro League with regards to the matter," Groden said. "So until they provide us with such information, we cannot look at the matter."

Skeene also told the Express yesterday that the findings of the Disciplinary Committee will be forwarded to the T&TFF and the Trinidad and Tobago Football Referees Association for their consideration.

"We cannot deal with a referee," said Skeene, "so we will be sending the reports for them (T&TFF/T&TFRA) to look at."