The Bajan Tridents came one step closer to fulfilling their dreams of coming home with some hardware from the Windward Islands Football Association. After coming away with a draw in their last game against Grenada on Monday evening, things have taken a turn as the result in that game has been overturned and the local senior men were rewarded three goals and three points.
After a series of events in recent time where protests have been laid against Barbados for fielding ineligible players, the tables were turned this time time around as the management team of the Barbados team lodged a complaint against the Grenada national team. For Grenada, the player in question was Kimron Marshall who carded in back-to-back games against St. Lucia in their opener and Dominica.
In correspondence from Grenada's Manager Peter Roberts on Tuesday March 5thaddressed to Barbados Manager Martin Newton, it was stated that the Grenada delegation was aware of the protest lodged and cited the rules concerning the fielding of ineligible players. “The 2019 Regulations of the WIFA Men's 2019 speaks clearly to situations like these, and the issue of caution cards came up in the Match Commissioners Meeting as well. Article 3.C states that “any player receiving consecutive yellow cards or an accumulation of three caution cards misses one game and any other player receiving an automatic red card misses a game.” the letter stated before going on to acknowledge their fault and the ruling of the organisersof the biannual tournament. “With this in mind, and after investigations and discussion on the matter, the decision of the Organizing Committee is that Grenada fielded an illegal player and Barbados will be awarded the game.”
Afterwards the letter goes on to call the incident an unfortunate situation to be used as an example to all participating countries. Barbados Football Association Technical Director Ahmed Mohamed said that although he was not pleased about the manner in which events occurred he did say he was pleased with the outcome as he believes Barbados deserved to win the game.