Chairman of the Tobago Football Association Referees Committee, Noel Bynoe, says Tobago referees in the Trinidad and Tobago Super League (TTSL) will continue their protest if the president of the TTSL, and coach of FC Santa Rosa, Keith Look Loy does not apologise for his alleged comments.
On Sunday, Tobago referees withdrew their services from two Super League matches in the sister isle - 1976 FC Phoenix versus WASA, and Bethel United against Siparia Spurs. According to a release from the Tobago zone referees, the decision was taken due to certain comments attributed to Look Loy.
On October 25 after a FA Cup match between 1976 FC Phoenix and FC Santa Rosa, Look Loy allegedly berated the match official for sending off two of his players for insulting and abusive language. He allegedly stated that clubs from Trinidad view matches in Tobago with great distaste as the Trinidad teams believe the Tobago teams have a small chance of winning.
Bynoe said he wants Look Loy to apologise for the alleged comments. “We took offence to that and we asked him to apologise to Tobago football referees and, by extension, Tobagonians. We took a stance.”
Bynoe said the referees will not continue their job until Look Loy apologises for his alleged comments. Bynoe said most of the players in the Super League respect the referees, but believe sometimes players react to a referee’s decision negatively after coaches respond to calls on the field. Bynoe said he wants to find a solution and move on from the situation.
This situation on October 25 preceded another situation on November 5 at the Arima Velodrome between FC Santa Rosa and Guaya United FC. Look Loy and FC Santa Rosa assistant coach Jovan Rochford were upset with how referee Cecile Hinds handled a collision on the field, forcing the referee to remove Look Loy and Rochford from the sidelines. FC Santa Rosa later apologised for the situation.