Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 10th 2014 Contents Players who are protesting
about plans to play the 2015
Women s World Cup in Canada
on artificial turf were denied a
fast-tracked hearing on Friday, but
were offered early mediation with
the Canadian Soccer Association.
The ruling by the Human Rights
Tribunal of Ontario came as a group
of US senators wrote to Fifa urging
it to reconsider the decision on the
The World Cup will be played in
six Canadian cities next June and
The players claim that holding
the World Cup on artificial turf
amounts to gender discrimination
because men play football s premier
tournament on real grass.
The Human Rights Tribunal gave
both sides seven days to accept
mediation and the attorney for the
players filed their acceptance on
Friday afternoon. The CSA did not
immediately reveal its plans.
In her interim decision, tribunal
vice chair Jo-Anne Pickel did not
address the merits of the case but
acknowledged that a resolution
would have to come soon. Because
of the "jurisdictional complexity"
of the matter, she doubted that
even an expedited hearing would
result in a decision on time.
"From the outset of this legal
action, the players and their lawyers
have said their goal is not to enter-
tain through courtroom drama but
to ensure playing conditions so that
the drama and beauty of the game
can be fully revealed," said Hampton
Dellinger, an attorney for the play-
ers. "Today s decision paves the
way for immediate mediation of
Earlier in the day, 13 US senators
had joined in the players protest.
The women claim artificial turf
makes them more prone to certain
injuries, like turf burn, and impacts
the way the game is played because
the ball moves differently.
Led by Sen. Sherrod Brown of
Ohio, the 12 Democrats and one
Republican signed a letter urging
Fifa to "reconsider this short-sight-
ed and counterproductive decision."
"Currently ranked first in the
world, the United States women s
national soccer team has made our
country proud time and time again,"
the senators said in the letter
addressed to Fifa President Sepp
Blatter. "As members of the United
States Senate, we are deeply con-
cerned with Fifa s treatment of
these players. We urge you to begin
good faith negotiations with these
athletes, free of retaliation and with
the equal treatment that they
The letter comes in the wake of
claims that some players are being
pressured to remain silent on the
issue or remove their names from
the legal action. The CSA has
denied the allegations.
The human rights complaint,
which names both Fifa and the
CSA, was filed with the tribunal
on Oct. 1 by a group of players
including Americans Abby
Wambach and Alex Morgan, Ger-
many s Nadine Angerer, Japan s
Yuki Ogimi and Spain s Veronica
The senators penned a separate
letter to US Soccer s Sunil Gulati
urging him, in his role as federation
president and member of the Fifa
executive committee, to join the
players in their effort to have the
tournament staged on natural grass.
Officials from Fifa and the CSA
have said there are no plans to
change the playing surface.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, November 10, 2014
Australia Women wrapped the
T20 series 4-0 by thumping West
Indies Women by eight wickets
in Sydney yesterday. Ellyse
Perry s three wickets in four
overs, including a maiden,
reduced West Indies to 7 for 107
which Australia chased down in
West Indies were rocked by
early wickets after they opted to
bat. Perry struck thrice in con-
secutive overs with her medium-
pace to leave West Indies reeling
at 4 for 36. After the top five bats-
men scored only 45 runs together,
No. 6 Shemaine Campbelle top-
scored with a run-a-ball 34, fea-
turing three fours and a six, and
led them past 100 in company of
Shaquana Quintyne, who was
unbeaten on 15 off 13. Campbelle
was stumped for the third time
in the series when she fell in the
last over to Rene Farrell.
Australia were hardly bothered
in the chase as the openers ham-
mered 81 runs in under 11 overs.
The stand was broken when Jess
Jonassen was caught for a 33-ball
31 and captain Meg Lanning was
dismissed for five in the next over.
Going strong at the other end,
Elyse Villani brought up her fifty
in 42 deliveries soon and struck
two consecutive fours in the 14th
over before Perry scored the win-
ning runs with another four.
Perry was named Player of the
Match and Jonassen earned the
Player-of-the-Series Award for
scoring 130 runs in four innings
and taking five wickets.
The International Cricket Coun-
cil (ICC) says that even if their
cause was legitimate, the actions
of the West Indies players to abort
their tour of India was not the
right one and if happens again, it
could lead to them being sanc-
tioned for domestic tournaments
The ICC wrapped up their meet-
ing yesterday in Dubai and in a
release they mentioned that all their
Member Boards were in solidarity
with the WICB and stated :"All
Member Boards collectively express
the view that they consider such
player action to be extremely dis-
ruptive, damaging and unaccept-
President of the WICB, Dave
Cameron who from all reports was
very good at articulating the regions
views at the meeting told the T&T
Guardian :"The meeting went fairly
well. All the boards are unhappy
with the players action." Asked if
he was getting support from the
BCCI as well, the businessman said
:"Yes we are getting their support."
Cameron s comments which came
immediately after the meeting were
backed up by the ICC press release.
The Jamaican went into the
meeting uncertain but came out a
winner because the ICC has now
given him the commitment that
they would work closely with the
parties involved to bring the matter
to an amicable close.
He was also given the assurance
that the ICC s Annual Conference
for 2015 will be staged in Barbados
- confirmation that the world body
still had confidence in the WICB.
The West Indies players aborted
their tour of India last month over
a payment structure impasse with
the WICB and the West Indies Play-
ers Association (WIPA). It has left
the WICB with an enormous bill
of US$41.97m bill, to be sorted out
with the Board of Control for Crick-
et in India (BCCI) over damages.
According to the ICC release :"
The ICC and all of its Member
Boards on Sunday noted with deep
disappointment the recent decision
of the West Indies players to aban-
don an international tour without
fulfilling the contractually agreed
playing obligations between the
West Indies Cricket Board (WICB)
and the Board of Control for Cricket
in India (BCCI).
"Putting aside the legitimacy or
otherwise of any grievances of par-
ties involved (and which are now
the subject of a domestic Task Force
probe), the ICC and all Member
Boards noted that players abandon-
ing tours have the potential to cause
irrevocable damage to the sport in
the jurisdiction of the relevant
Member Board concerned, as well
as enormous financial damage,
which might adversely affect the
financial viability of the sport itself.
" With that in mind, and in a
show of solidarity, all Member
Boards collectively expressed the
view that they consider such player
action to be extremely disruptive,
damaging and unacceptable.
"Players who behave in a similar
manner in the future will not only
risk breaching the disciplinary rules
of the relevant Member Board and
being sanctioned accordingly, but
may also put in jeopardy their ability
to conclude future contractual
arrangements with domestic fran-
chises or clubs in other jurisdic-
ICC Chairman, Mr
Narayanaswami Srinivasan, said:
"It was undoubtedly a sad chapter
in our sport. It damaged cricket s
integrity and reputation, as well as
affecting confidence within the
cricket community, especially that
of the fans. The ICC Board was
determined to address this situation
and ensure such incidents never
"The ICC is working with the
concerned Members towards find-
ing a positive resolution and is con-
fident that there will be constructive
outcomes for our game."
ICC condemns Windies players
for abandoning Indian tour
Tribunal denies expedited hearing in turf case
Australia women march
to 4-0 series win
Australia Women vs West Indies
Women -- 4th T20I
WEST INDIES WOMEN
DDottincBlackwellbPerry . . . . . . .15
HMatthewscLanningbPerry. . . . . .1
S Campbelle st Healy b Farrell . . . . .34
M Aguilleira c Schutt b Jonassen . . . . 7
TOTAL(7wkts,20overs) . . . . . .107
Did not bat: T Smartt, S Connell.
Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-18, 3-27, 4-36,
5-60, 6-75, 7-105.
Bowling: Farrell 2-0-13-1, Schutt 3-0-
34-1, Perry 4-1-9-3 (w1), Beams 3-0-
14-0, Jonassen 3-0-8-2, Osborne 3-0-
13-0, Kimmince 2-0-15-0 (w1).
JJonassencDaleybMatthews. . . .31
MLanningcQuintynebDaley . . . . . .5
TOTAL(2wkts,14.1overs). . . . . .111
Did not bat: A Blackwell, +A Healy, E
Osborne, D Kimmince, R Farrell, K
Beams, M Schutt.
Fall of wickets: 1-81, 2-96.
Bowling: Smartt 1-0-20-0 (w1, nb2),
Dottin 3-0-20-0 (w3), Daley 3-0-17-1,
Connell 1-0-7-0, Mohammed 2.1-0-23-
0 (nb1), Matthews 4-0-24-1.
Result: Australia Women won by
eight wickets. Series: Australia
Women win four-match series 4-0.
Player-of-the-Match: Ellyse Perry.
Player-of-the-Series: Jess Jonassen.
Toss: West Indies Women.
Umpires: S Craig, G Davidson.
Japan warms up on the artificial turf before a women's international soccer
friendly against Canada at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alta., on
October 25. AP PHOTO
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