New twist in ref­eree row

Llanelli Star - - Soccer -

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.

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