BY Afeseh Apong
The homologation and disciplinary commission of the Cameroon Football Federation, has ruled in favor of PWD Social Football Club of Bamenda, after the latter filed a complain against Union de Mouvement sportif of Loum early this month.
The Abakwa Boys were beaten 4#3 at the Fotso Victor Stadium in Bandjoun on June 05, in one of Day 19 games in pool B of the MTN Elite one championship. During the game, official of PWD wrote a protest against one of UMS’ players, Eric Joel Ntieche, who failed to present a valid license which was the only document needed for him to feature in that game.
A ruling from the Homologation and Disciplinary commission dating Thursday 23 June, 2022, indicates that PWD’s complain was valid.
Therefore UMS of Loum lost the game by penalty, while PWD Social Football Club of Bamenda is awarded all three points of the game.
However, UMS has 10 days to file an appeal. Failure to do that within the given timeframe, means the decision becomes permanent.
“3 more points well deserved. We leave no stone unturned when it comes to our quest to keep the team on top. We are fighters on all fronts, on the field and in the courts to defend our rights,” the president of PWD Pascal Abunde wrote on Twitter on Friday afternoon.
What the law says
The text is very much clear on the presentation of licenses by players and officials on match day.
According to Article 109 of the General Regulations of the Cameroon Football Federation on presentation of licenses;
1) The referees require the presentation of licenses before each match and check
the identity of the players. If a player does not present his license, the referee must prohibit him from appearing on the match sheet and from taking part in the match.
2) In the event that the opposing team would deposit preliminary reservations on the participation of the player referred to in paragraph 1 above in the match, and where the referee however, would allow him to take part in the match, the team of this player would lost the by penalty if the said reserves are regularly transformed into complaint.
The recent decision means PWD has now moved up to 36 points on the league’s rankings in pool A, but stays third behind Cotonsport and Eding.
UMS of Loum who had 31 points, now drops down to 28 points, but also maintain their sixth spot on the league’s table.
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