Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 9th 2013 Contents A55
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First Citizens Cup, winner Central FC have
embarked on a tour of local schools to let
children take a close up look at the coveted
The Sharks began their tour with a visit to
Couva Anglican Primary School. About 200
pupils saw Central operations director Kevin
Harrison and youth development manager
Kevin Jeffrey display the glass trophy, as well
as distribute some First Citizens goody bags
and some Central FC players cards.
"As cup winners, we feel we have a duty
to support the competition sponsors, First
Citizens bank and the organisers, TT Pro
League," said Jeffrey, a former T&T interna-
"We try to give our club sponsors, such as
SIS, as much exposure as possible. But, we
believe that we have that same obligation to
First Citizens, who have generously sponsored
this competition for over a decade, and the
TT Pro League who organise the tournament,"
"It s a great honour to be champions and
we want to share our pride with the Central
community who supported us along the way,"
"The children gave us a tremendous wel-
come and I think Kevin and I felt like we had
personally won the cup when we heard the
cheers and applause!"
TT Pro League CEO, Dexter Skeene said,
"This initiative will definitely provide First
Citizens with additional brand awareness and
exposure. In addition Central FC will also
build on their community support and develop
a loyal fan base"
"We will be trying to reach another nine
schools before Christmas," said Jeffrey. "These
children are not only the Central FC supporters
of the future, but also some of them will
become our players too. We are still laying
down our foundations in the community, but
we know these projects are crucial to the club s
Meanwhile, Central FC will begin its chal-
lenge for a second trophy this year when they
play Joe Public in the opening round of the
Toyota Classic at Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya,
tonight, at 6pm. However, the club very nearly
withdrew from the competition.
"We are completely opposed to playing this
fixture at Marvin Lee Stadium," said Central
general manager, Norris Ferguson.
"We have nothing against the stadium, nor
do we fear Joe Public, but the ethics of the
whole competition have been compromised,"
He explained that Julia Baptiste, general
secretary of the TT Pro League wrote to Central
FC stating that "teams mentioned first (in the
draw) are considered the home team for the
purpose of any strip change and not necessarily
This means that playing venues are left to
the discretion of the league s secretariat.
"With a very limited supply of venues, plus
the desire of the league to maximise atten-
dances by playing fixtures in Point Fortin and
Guaya, we have no issue with the way fixtures
are organised," said Ferguson.
"Providing no team has a clear physical
advantage or disadvantage, if Point Fortin is
seeded as a home team, they should definitely
play at the Mahaica Oval. That s what generates
the excitement in cup football."
But Ferguson said the Central FC manage-
ment does not approve of playing their fixture
at Joe Public s venue.
"It is an artificial surface that Central FC
has played on maybe half a dozen times in 18
months, while Joe Public train on the surface
and play matches there every week. They must
have an advantage. And that is where our
Ferguson said it would have been logical to
switch the W Connection versus Real Maracas
fixture or the Club Sando versus Police fixture,
both carded for Ato Boldon, on Friday evening,
to Marvin Lee Stadium on Saturday.
"These teams do not achieve measurably
larger gates than Central, and neither team
would benefit or be disadvantaged by playing
at Marvin Lee."
Ferguson said that Central would be happy
to play Joe Public anywhere other than at their
home stadium: "Before any team is drawn
from the hat in a cup competition, it must be
perceived that every team has an equally fair
opportunity to win the trophy. Whatever the
rules state, playing as a home team at the
away team s stadium is bad enough, but when
the surface is undoubtedly advantageous to
that team it gives the perception, real or imag-
ined, of unfairness."
Ferguson said Central FC made a decision
to withdraw from the competition.
"The management felt that the appeals from
Central FC had been completely ignored.
Although Julia (Baptiste) did reply, she did not
address our specific complaint; that playing
at Marvin Lee gave Joe Public an unfair advan-
Ferguson, a Fifa match commissioner, said
that the letter to withdraw was being written
when head coach, Terry Fenwick intervened.
"Brent (Sancho) had called Terry to inform
him of the club s decision, but Terry desperately
wanted to play the game and so did the players.
Terry said that his players were totally against
withdrawing and they were determined to
overcome any disadvantage. He said that he
had set a target of winning three cups this
season and, principle or not, the team wanted
the chance to try for the Toyota Classic."
BERN---Switzerland s Olympic com-
mittee says it imposed a two-year ban
from all sports on a man for selling a
contaminated food supplement to an
athlete who tested positive for doping.
Swiss Olympic says the case "is a signal
for all people who use banned substances
Swiss Olympic says its anti-doping
tribunal could take action because the
seller, Davy Stadelmann, was registered
as an amateur footballer. He was also
ordered to pay 1,300 Swiss francs ($1,400)
in legal costs and damages.
The case was the first using the
Olympic body s statute covering sales of
The athlete, an amateur trail runner,
tested positive in 2012 for octopamine
after taking a supplement not licensed
in Switzerland. He was banned for six
Octopamine is marketed as a fat-burn-
ing agent. (AP)
Supplement seller banned for runner's doping test
Youth development manager Kevin Jeffrey and Isaiah Williams, Couva Anglican Primary School's MVP and top goal-scorer hold the First Citizens
Cup while the children from the school's football team and pan orchestra display their goody bags.
Central FC shows off
First Citizens Cup
...Questions Marvin Lee venue for opening round clash
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