New twist in referee row
TWO football matches were called off on Saturday when referees refused to officiate at games involving Costcutter League club St Dogmaels after an alleged posting about a match official on social media.
The 12 registered referees were due to hold a second meeting this week to consider an apology by St Dogmaels, who are top of division one.
Match officials felt strongly over alleged social media comments by Saints first-team manager Steve Williams in relation to a game on the final day of last season. A Central Wales Football Association disciplinary committee suspended Williams for three seasons and fined him £500, but on appeal the Football Association of Wales reduced the ban to six games and the fine to £120.
Saturday’s fixture between St Dogmaels and Aberaeron Reserves was postponed, as was the division two game between Newcastle Emlyn Reserves and their Saints counterparts.
A St Dogmaels official said: “The club has apologised and will wait and see what the referees decide.” Central Wales FA assistant referees secretary Dylan Griffiths said it would be inappropriate to comment while the matter was ongoing.